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Forestation is either growing existing forests (proforestation)[1] or establishing forest growth on areas that either had forest or lacked it naturally.[2] In the first case, the process is called reforestation,[3] or reafforestation while the second is called afforestation.[4]

Massive aforestation has been proposed as a method to mitigate climate change, though its effectiveness is limited by the albedo effect.[5]


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  2. ^ Nyland, R.D. Silviculture: Concepts and Applications. 3rd ed. 2016. p. 67. link.
  3. ^ "SAFnet Dictionary | Definition For [reforestation]". 2008-08-13. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  4. ^ "SAFnet Dictionary | Definition For [afforestation]". 2008-10-23. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  5. ^ Rohatyn, Shani; Yakir, Dan; Rotenberg, Eyal; Carmel, Yohay (2022-09-23). "Limited climate change mitigation potential through forestation of the vast dryland regions". Science. 377 (6613): 1436–1439. doi:10.1126/science.abm9684. ISSN 0036-8075.