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Afforestation and Its Climate Change Impact

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Afforestation is the establishment of new forests by sowing seed or planting seedlings in the places where there was no forest before. According to the FAO (2015), afforestation is a conversion of the areas which are used for other purposes in forests or the increase of forest cover in the areas where a forest cover is less than 10%. At the same time, afforestation is considered as the emergence of a new forest on agricultural or burnt-over areas that lasts less than 10 years (FAO 2018). Also, the re-establishment of a forest through planting and/or deliberate seeding on land classified as a forest is defined as reforestation (FAO 2016), not afforestation.

Silviculture in planted forests is a set of interventions carefully planned to be carried out in time and space in order to maintain a forest vitality and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ForestryUniversity of Banja LukaBanja LukaBosnia and Herzegovina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Muhammad Farooq
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop Sciences, College of Agricultural and Marine SciencesSultan Qaboos UniversityMuscatOman
  2. 2.Department of AgronomyUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan