Research identifies restoration hotspots in tropical rainforests

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School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems professor Scott Goetz is co-author of a study published July 3 in Science Advances. “Global restoration opportunities in tropical rainforest landscapes” identifies “restoration hotspots”—100 million hectares of lost lowland tropical rainforests in 15 countries across four continents—that could be restored now to boost the environment, biodiversity and climate change mitigation. “Tropical forest restoration and conservation go hand in hand,” Goetz said, “and there is much international political motivation to restore and conserve forests, so we need to collectively take advantage of this opportunity as soon as possible.”

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