af·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)a-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce afforestation (audio) , ə-, -ˌfär- \

Definition of afforestation

: the act or process of establishing a forest especially on land not previously forested

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afforest \ a-​ˈfȯr-​əst How to pronounce afforestation (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web Getting the mix right will be key, according to experts who stress that reforestation and afforestation efforts should not supplant work to protect existing forests. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, "We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests," 25 Dec. 2019 This means any release of greenhouse gases thereafter will be balanced by the capture of such gases already in the atmosphere by, say, extra afforestation. The Economist, "Climate change The COP25 meeting on the climate yields little," 18 Dec. 2019 Although well-intentioned in their approach, the country’s tree planting efforts seem to overlook previous afforestation issues by encouraging mass plantings to meet a national quota. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Planting millions more trees might not be the way to tackle Ethiopia’s environmental problems," 1 Aug. 2019 In China, ambitious national afforestation plans have succeeded in vastly increasing the number of trees. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, "We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests," 25 Dec. 2019 Olumide Idowu, co-founder of the International Climate Change Development Initiative argued that afforestation projects will help Africa to tackle threats posed by climate change such as floods, droughts and heat stress and forests. Paul Adepoju, CNN, "This startup is using geo-tagging and blockchain to fight deforestation in Africa," 24 Dec. 2019 Merely setting up an afforestation fund that rarely gets utilised is not enough. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India joins the global climate change strike," 20 Sep. 2019 The next step beyond this is afforestation, which involves growing forests in areas where there were none before. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Report: we have to change how we use land and produce food to fight climate change," 8 Aug. 2019 Rewilding advocates say afforestation, while offering similar carbon-sequestration capacity to reforestation, offers little benefit to wildlife and carries risks. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of afforestation

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afforestation

borrowed from Medieval Latin afforestātiōn-, afforestātiō, from afforestāre "to convert into a forest" (from Latin ad- ad- + verbal derivative of Late Latin forestis "unenclosed woodland, forest entry 1") + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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“Afforestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of afforestation

chiefly British : the act or process of planting a forest

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