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Climate Solutions for the Forestry Sector


A video playlist titled ‘CS – Drawdown – 6 – Land Use’ from the ‘Murtugudde Climate Academy’ by Dr. Raghu Murtugudde. It consists of 9 short video lectures that summarise climate solutions from the Forestry Sector. The solutions are based on the book titled ‘Drawdown’ edited by Paul Hawken.

The video lectures are as follows:

  1. Forest Protection (19.19 mins): This video explains the importance of protection of the forests that provide millions of green jobs and support the livelihoods of several indigenous communities. It states that deforestation as a global problem needs to be addressed by the developed as well as developing nations. The video also mentions some of the initiatives undertaken for afforestation and increasing the carbon sink.
  2. Coastal Wetlands (11.17 mins): This video explains the importance of conservation of coastal wetlands which are a continuum between the land and the ocean that filter all the pollutants before the water gets released into the marine ecosystems. The video mentions the ecosystem benefits provided by the wetlands such as tourism & recreation, provisioning services like fish, raw materials, genetic resources, water supply, hydropower, and regulating services like carbon sequestration, water purification, flood mitigation, and waste decomposition amongst others.
  3. Tropical Forests (13.26 mins): This video discusses conservation of tropical forests which are the most endangered regions due to deforestation and coastal wetland degradation. It emphasises on the rapid deforestation in the Amazon for agriculture, grazing and urbanisation which is reducing the carbon sink and making the Amazon region a carbon emitter instead of a carbon sequester.
  4. Bamboo (5.55 mins): This video explains the use of Bamboo which is one of the fastest growing grass species in the world and has a great aesthetic value in many Asian countries. It mentions the applications and advantages of using bamboo as a construction material which can potentially replace carbon and steel.
  5. Perennial Biomass (4.33 mins): This video discusses the cultivation of perennial crops such as willow, maple, and eucalyptus for biomass and bioenergy. It also mentions the advantages of this practice such as ensuring food security, availability of feedstock for biomass, and carbon sequestration.
  6. Peatlands (11.13 mins): This video explains the importance of peatlands which have a very high soil carbon potential and thus act as carbon protectors. It states that such a high carbon content in the peatlands can potentially generate energy comparable to coal over time and can also be dried and burned as a source of fuel. The video also mentions the methods and challenges involved in peatland conservation.
  7. Indigenous People’s Land Management (11.15 mins): This video explains the importance of conservation and protection of the forest land occupied by indigenous tribes and communities. It discerns that indigenous communities are under constant threat from mining, logging, oil exploration and other industrial invasions. The video also mentions that these communities coexist with nature in harmony and their existence holds an ecological importance.
  8. Temperate Forests (6.48 mins): This video discusses the restoration of temperate forests. It mentions that the temperate regions are majorly dominated by deciduous forests with broadleaf trees like oaks, maples, beeches, shrubs, and perennial herbs. The video also mentions the restoration potential of temperate forests and its benefits.
  9. Afforestation (12.51 mins): This video discusses afforestation which is a process of establishing a forest especially on a land, not previously forested. It mentions that several countries have submitted their NDC commitment for afforestation with an intention of creating more carbon sinks.

Students will be introduced to different types of land use and methods to conserve land biodiversity and green cover. They will learn about the significance of land conservation for indigenous tribes and communities and sustainable use of forest resources. They will also learn about the various forms of land masses such as tropical and deciduous forests, coastal wetlands and peatlands, along with their characteristics.

This is the first video from a playlist of 11 videos. Click here to check the playlist.

This is the first video from a playlist of 11 videos. Click here to check the playlist.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Why is it essential to conserve forest lands?
  2. What is the role of coastal wetlands? What steps have been taken to conserve them?
  3. What are peatlands and their characteristics?
  4. Describe the characteristics of tropical and temperate forests.
  5. Discuss the issue of protection of indigenous tribes and communities and their role in sustainability.
  6. Describe methods of afforestation and its advantages.
About Tool
Tool Name CS – Drawdown – 6 – Land Use
Discipline Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Land Use, Forestry, Forest, Carbon Emissions, Conservation, Ecology, Ecosystems, Biodiversity 
Climate Topic Climate Solutions; Climate and Biosphere; Greenhouse Effect 
Type of tool Video
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Raghu Murtugudde
Hosted at Murtugudde Climate Academy, YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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