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

Other Words from afforestation

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

Examples of afforestation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hope is that applying a monetary value to natural resources in this way will incentivize forest restoration, afforestation, and sustainable forestry practices. Laurie Winkless, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Any nonrenewable energy use will be offset with afforestation. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 If the goal is to minimize global warming, climate scientists often stress the importance of afforestation, or planting new forests, and reforestation, or regrowing forests. Jonny Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2022 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, 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, 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, 1 Aug. 2019 In China, ambitious national afforestation plans have succeeded in vastly increasing the number of trees. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, 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, 24 Dec. 2019 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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