Trees outside of forests are numerous and can be important carbon sinks, while also providing ecosystem services and benefits to livelihoods. New monitoring tools highlight the crucial contribution they can make to strategies for both mitigation and adaptation.
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This work was funded by NASA’s Land Cover and Land Use Change Program, NASA grants 80NSSC21K0315 and 80NSSC20K0263, and the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement no. 947757 TOFDRY) and a DFF Sapere Aude grant (no. 9064–00049B). The work was also supported by the University of Copenhagen, University of Pretoria and Michigan State University.
The authors declare no competing interests.
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Skole, D.L., Mbow, C., Mugabowindekwe, M. et al. Trees outside of forests as natural climate solutions. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 1013–1016 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01230-3
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