14 Jan 2021


World Biodiversity Forum

Lipstick on a Fig Tree

Why planting trees avoids the real problems (and may make things worse)
Thursday, 14th January 2021, 17:30 CET

Tree-planting dominates political and popular agendas, and is often portrayed as an easy answer to the climate crisis and effective mitigation for corporate carbon emissions.

However, it is not a simple solution and planting the wrong trees in the wrong place can cause considerably more damage than benefits, failing people and nature. What are a botanist’s rules of engagement in a rapidly changing world?


  • Dean Meigan Aronson of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Science
  • Patrick Lewis, Director of the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
  • Dr. Paul Smith, Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  • Dr. Pedro Bancalion, Professor of Tropical Forestry at the University of São Paulo
  • Lana Sutherland, CEO and Co-Founder of TEALEAVES

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Virtual World Biodiversity Forum, https://www.worldbiodiversityforum.org/


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