Carbon Sequestration /ˈkärbən, sikwəˈstrāSH(ə)n/ – noun

March 11, 2020


Definition: The removal and storage of carbon from the atmosphere.

Plants effectively capture and transform carbon during photosynthesis. On any given landscape, carbon is stored in biomass pools above-ground, below-ground, in litter, dead matter, and in soil.

A Look at Carbon: A “Co-Benefit” of Agroforestry

In a guest blog post for TREES, Forest Carbon Specialist Lauren Cooper of Michigan State University explains the relationship between trees and carbon.

“All living things are made of carbon but trees offer an opportunity to store this carbon for long periods considering their long life-span. Further, trees create carbon-rich ecosystems which store carbon in leaves and fine roots that later fall off and become Carbon-rich organic matter in litter and soil.” Continue reading.

Carbon & Climate: Mass deforestation contributes to climate change through the sudden release of high levels of carbon; ultimately contributing to global warming. Forest Garden farmers in our training program mitigate the impacts of climate change by planting upwards of 4,000 trees on their plots of land over four years. From 2018 to 2019, TREES Forest Garden projects sequestered 653,900 metric tons of carbon!

Agroforestry 101: Successful carbon capture is just one benefit of TREES’ Forest Garden Approach. Did you know you can access our agroforestry and Forest Garden resources for free? The Forest Garden Training Center (FGTC)​ is an online training certification and resource center designed to give practitioners across the globe an easily deployable and replicable solution to end hunger, poverty, and deforestation.