How important is afforestation

Afforestation: what should you watch out for?

As of this year, climate subscribers have been offsetting their CO2-Footprint with ForTomorrow. The first trees are planted during the planting season in October / November, which means that CO2 is bound out of the air. Since the start, we have received many questions from interested people and our community.

In this article we want to address some of these questions and have summarized them in brief.

What should you watch out for when reforesting in Germany?

What to look out for depends on the location and objectives of the afforestation. Our goal is to reforest durable, climate-resistant forests. For this, the correct selection of young plants in terms of origin, location adaptation and value for ecological diversity and biodiversity is important. So that the forests can withstand the climate change that is already taking place in Germany, we are not planting monocultures, but mixed forests.

When selecting the areas, we pay attention to FSC, Naturland or PEFC certification and that the areas are publicly accessible. In addition, we have experts supervise every planting.

Why are forests being reforested in Germany and not, for example, in developing countries?

As a non-profit company, ForTomorrow would like to guarantee that the planted forest will last for a long time, because that's how the CO remains2 (more precisely the carbon C) bound in wood. The BWaldG (Federal Forest Act) has existed in Germany since 1975. The forest is subject to strict controls and is protected by the state. This prevents illegal deforestation and forest areas have to be restored after fires, storm damage or droughts. This means that if ForTomorrow plants a new forest on state land and bare land is created there, the state is obliged to reforest it.

How can one measure the climate impact in tons of a tree and its CO2-Assign binding?

The young trees have to be planted very densely for the existing indoor climate, around 4000 trees per hectare. After 100 years only about 500 trees will remain. Our calculations take into account the fact that some of the trees will enter or later be actively removed in order to make room for the strongest trees. Part of the previously absorbed CO is released2s back up in the air, another remains stored in the ground. We have taken these points into account.

The concrete calculations are based on the national forest inventory of the Th√ľnen Institute, which in turn is based on the Kyoto Protocol. Around a ton of CO2 After 80 years of being tied for a long time, we have to plant four trees.

What adjustments are being made for a healthy forest due to climate change?

We have also decided to reforest in Germany for reasons of climate change. The Federal Forest Act ensures that the forest areas will exist in the long term. Due to the climate change that is already taking place, the forest is increasingly exposed to extreme weather conditions, such as drought, heat and storms, and pest infestation, for example by the bark beetle, is increasing. In order to make the new forest more resistant, we pay particular attention to the diversity of tree species when planting.

How are the newly afforested areas maintained and protected?

For the first 5 years after planting, the forest owner will take care of the protection and maintenance of the reforestation. After the first 5 years, the afforested area is protected by the legal regulations for forest and nature conservation. The plantations are protected from game browsing and competition by accompanying vegetation. The care is carried out in a manner that is gentle on the soil and without pesticides or fertilizers.

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