An article just published this month in the journal New Forests features Reforest the Tropics (RTT) as a case study for reforestation as a model for climate change mitigation. In particular, the article highlights RTT as one of only two organizations surveyed that has proposed concrete climate change adaptation methods.
The abstract of the article is available here. It is entitled “Climate Change Mitigation via Afforestation, Reforestation and Deforestation Avoidance: And What About Adaptation to Environmental Change?” The article is coauthored by Christopher Reyer, Martin Guericke and Pierre L. Ibisc of the Faculty of Forest and Environment, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde, in Germany.
RTT is starting to prune the five-and-a-half-year-old Klinkii trees in the Superior Nut Company Carbon-Offest Forest #5. As an initial test, RTT’s forester pruned 20 of the trees with a saw. The cuttings can be seen on the forest floor, below.
RTT’s aim is to prune the trees without damaging their bark. This is important to avoid attracting the black bee, Trigona spp., that may carry damaging bacteria to the trees.
As seen in the close-up below, the pruning was performed while minimizing damage to the bark of the Klinki trees.
The Triumvirate Environmental Corporation of Somerville, Massachusetts, has partnered with Reforest the Tropics, Inc., (RTT) to plant a 7.5-acre carbon-offset forest in the Las Delicias Farm in Costa Rica. RTT estimates that this forest will sequester 188 tonnes of CO2 annually on the average for during the 25-year contract.
The following pictures of the young, recently planted forest were taken in January, 2009.
Bananas planted next to the sign are now producing fruit for wildlife and for the workers. In the background are lines where trees are planted. The competing grass is being controlled, a major expense during the early stages of forest growth.
Below, corn has been planted in the field between the rows of trees for food for the workers in the holistic RTT model. The bird on the stump is a vulture.
Below, some of the crops harvested by the workers from our forests: plantains, yucca, papayas, cilantro and bananas. Not shown are other crops, corn and pineapple. We have already seen deer, toucans, monkeys, squirrels, armadillos, vultures, and other birds in our forests.