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Africa. Study: African forests hold more carbon than we thought (Phil Platts, Martin Sullivan, Aida Cuní Sanchez, WEF)

  • African tropical mountain forests are not only carbon-rich: they are also rich in biodiversity.
  • Research recently published in Nature shows that tropical mountain forests in Africa actually store as much carbon per hectare as those found in African lowlands.
  • This is because, although African tropical mountain forests have fewer trees than their lowland counterparts, they have a greater abundance of large trees (over 70cm in diameter), whose increased mass means they hold on to more carbon.

How much carbon is stored in Africa’s tropical forests? | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)