07 Dec '14, 5pm

Reducing Latin America carbon footprint means restore life to degraded lands #Initiative20x20 ht…

Mexico will focus most of its 8.5 million hectare restoration goal on improving agricultural lands, many of which are degraded from intensive and unsustainable practices. These lands can be restored with a mixture of trees and sustainable agriculture , such as agroforestry or silvopasture. Agroforestry mixes trees with croplands, improving fallow and reducing erosion. Silvopasture, on the other hand, combines trees with livestock grazing lands, which increases tree cover; provides animals with shade, shelter, and forage; and ultimately increases household income for the farmers because they can sell the trees as timber or fuel wood. Mexico will have ample opportunity to continue restoring degraded landscapes after reaching its initial target, with nearly 40 million additional hectares potentially suitable for some level of restoration.

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2014/12/reducing-latin-america%E2...

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