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What are reforestation projects?

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Reforestation projects refer to the restocking of depleted forests and woodlands to counteract the effects of deforestation. Reforestation rebuilds ecosystems and animal habitats, mitigates pollution and global warming, replenishes soil nutrients, stops erosion, and provides timber for industrial and commercial use. Organizations involved in reforestation projects also use local labor to plant new trees, creating jobs and improving the quality of life of local communities.

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What are reforestation projects?
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Drought, insect infestations, plant diseases, fires and human actions devastate forests and woodlands and lead to deforestation. When natural regeneration fails, such as after high-intensity wildfires, native flora cannot reestablish itself, and invasive plants take its place. In some areas, agricultural and industrial activities lay waste to the area. Replanting native trees and seedlings returns these areas to their former states. Projects typically involve the planting of different types of seedlings and trees to ensure that the new forest has the same level of biodiversity as the old one.

Some governments manage replanting projects. As of 2014, reforestation is part of federal forest law in Germany, and China has implemented numerous successful replanting programs since the 1970s. In addition, nonprofit organizations carry out reforestation projects in countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti and Madagascar, and the World Wildlife Fund provides grants for projects in numerous countries, including Belize, Guatemala and Vietnam.

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