New press release from European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) on climate targets and agroforestry targets for EU agricultural sector.
“Europe’s massive land-sector greenhouse gas emissions gap can only be closed with the large-scale expansion of agroforestry on agricultural lands. This is most urgently needed on mineral soils afflicted by erosion and low soil fertility. Bringing these degraded agricultural lands up to 10% tree cover would close over half the land-sector emissions gap – and boost those farms’ resilience and productivity in the process.”
“…achieving the 10% tree cover target on EU agricultural land by 2040 will require planting an average of 750,000 ha/yr, starting in 2025. That’s ambitious, but the climate payback would be massive: assuming an average sequestration rate of 5 tCO2e/yr/ha for agroforestry on mineral soils, including both above and below ground sequestration, 11.2 million ha of agroforestry would give 56 MtCO2e over the lifetime of the trees – which is typically 20-40 years’’”
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