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Ecosystem restoration and carbon neutrality


Shuli Niu

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS



Session Description

Currently, the increase in carbon emissions and climate change caused by intensified human activities are profoundly affecting terrestrial ecosystems. Of these, 25% of global terrestrial ecosystems have been degraded, and this percentage is expected to rise to 75% by 2050, threatening the livelihoods of at least 3.2 billion people worldwide. Understanding the key processes of ecosystem carbon cycling and their response mechanisms to climate change is essential for promoting ecosystem restoration and achieving carbon neutrality targets. Therefore, according to the topic framework of the ILTER Open Science Meeting, we plan to launch a session entitled “ecosystem restoration and carbon neutrality”.

The objective of this session is to provide insights into the current status and future prospects of carbon cycle and ecosystem restoration in the context of climate change and related scientific frontiers. The oral presentations and posters will cover a wide range of topics, including: Carbon cycle dynamics; Ecosystem restoration; Climate change mitigation.


Session Justification

This session falls into the general topic themes of type B (Environmental pollution, ecosystem restoration and management).

This session is of utmost importance due to the increasing global concern over climate change and the urgent need to mitigate its impacts. Ecosystem restoration plays a crucial role in achieving carbon neutrality goals by enhancing carbon sinks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting sustainable land management practices. This session will provide a platform to discuss and share the latest advancements, research findings, and innovative strategies in ecosystem restoration for achieving carbon neutrality. The session will bring together experts, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from various disciplines to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experiences. It will foster collaboration and promote the development of effective and practical solutions for ecosystem restoration and carbon neutrality. By exploring the linkages between ecosystem restoration and carbon neutrality, this session aims to contribute to the broader understanding of the importance of restoring ecosystems and its potential in addressing climate change. It will provide valuable insights and inspiration for future research, policy development, and implementation of sustainable practices to achieve carbon neutrality.


One Sentence Session Summary

This session is to convene oral presentations or posters to introduce their work on carbon cycle, ecosystem restoration and climate change studies at a local scale, landscape scale or beyond.


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