Community-driven tree planting greens the neighbouring landscape [post]

Joshua Buxton, Thomas Powell, John Ambler, Chris Boulton, Arwen Nicholson, Rudy Arthur, Kirsten Lees, Hywel Williams, Timothy Lenton
2021 unpublished
Nature-based solutions to climate change are growing policy priorities yet remain hard to quantify. Here we use remote sensing to quantify direct and indirect benefits from community-led agroforestry by The International Small group and Tree planting program (TIST) in Kenya. Since 2005, TIST-Kenya has incentivised smallholder farmers to plant trees for agricultural benefit and to sequester CO2. We use Landsat-7 satellite imagery to examine the effect on the historically deforested landscape
more » ... nd Mount Kenya. We identify positive greening trends in TIST groves during 2000-2019 relative to the wider landscape. These groves cover 27,198 hectares, and a further 27,750 hectares of neighbouring agricultural land is also positively influenced by TIST. This positive 'spill-over' impact of TIST activity occurs at up to 360m distance. TIST also benefits local forests, e.g. through reducing fuelwood and fodder extraction. Our results show that community-led initiatives can lead to successful landscape-scale regreening on decadal timescales.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:4jmptuz4tjgpngpqc3rq2jeo5a