Low-Carbon Technologies: Reforestation

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Reforestation is considered a viable mitigation strategy because its costs are low relative to other options.  Opportunity cost of land use is a crucial cost component.  Using abandoned or underused land is therefore recommended.  The benefits of using abandoned agricultural land are compounded because such land can accumulate biomass faster than other types of land.  Reforestation allows for greater carbon mitigation than bioenergy use unless forest products are used efficiently to replace fossil fuels.