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 afforest (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of afforestation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Historical afforestation efforts have introduced damaging non-native plant species including the eucalyptus which had a destructive impact on land, caused soil acidity, and destroyed nearby plants because of their speedy growth. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Planting millions more trees might not be the way to tackle Ethiopia’s environmental problems," 1 Aug. 2019 The lumber mostly comes from the shrine’s forest managed in 200 year time scales as part of a national afforestation plan dating back centuries. Wired, "Philanthropy and the Challenge of Quantifying Success," 30 July 2019 There is a distinction here between restoration, also known as reforestation, and afforestation. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change," 5 July 2019 Since soil conservation is crucially linked to water conservation, afforestation is part of the strategy. Aarefa Johari, Quartz India, "An investigation into how India dismantled its main defence against drought," 1 July 2019 For example, afforestation is covered by the taxonomy and so is the renovation of existing buildings. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "What counts as a “green” investment, anyway?," 25 June 2019 However, the same constraints that apply to afforestation also apply here. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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The first known use of afforestation was in 1598

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“Afforestation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of afforestation

chiefly British : the act or process of planting a forest

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