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Dynamic global monitoring needed to use restoration of forest cover as a climate solution

Restoration of forest cover can curtail the climate crisis and provide many co-benefits, or waste limited resources. To use restoration of forest cover to its highest potential, global dynamic monitoring is needed that combines existing restoration projects with control plots and remote-sensing technologies.

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Fig. 1: Three pillars of dynamic global monitoring for restoration of forest cover.


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We thank E. Belair and S. Yeo for their critical review. The writing of this Comment was supported by a grant from the Bezos Earth Fund.

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S.C.P., D.S. and P.E. developed the ideas for this Comment. S.C.P. wrote this Comment with editorial input from D.S. and P.E.

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Correspondence to Susan C. Cook-Patton.

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Cook-Patton, S.C., Shoch, D. & Ellis, P.W. Dynamic global monitoring needed to use restoration of forest cover as a climate solution. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 366–368 (2021).

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