The dark-green, rectangular, reforested area of the Auwahi dryland forest in Hawaii as seen from above with surrounding grassland. Photo: Arthur Medeiros, USGS. Public domain.

What Is The Difference Between Afforestation and Reforestation?

Katarina Samurović

Both reforestation and afforestation represent a conversion of non-forested areas into new forests. So what's the difference between the two terms?

Iceland's land mass is sparsely populated by trees. Image: NASA, public domain.

Iceland’s Long Road to Reforestation

Katarina Samurović

Reforestation and afforestation have a long tradition in Iceland, but the results are barely noticeable - only a tiny fraction of the land is now covered in forests.

Planting Trees with Drones

Caitlin Dempsey

BioCarbon Engineering is working with Worldview International Foundation and Worldview Impact Foundation to develop an innovative way to speed up tree reforestation projects with the use of drones.

Ecuador reforestation plots from Sistema Único de Información Ambiental.

Putting the Trees Back on the Map: How GIS is Helping Reforest South America

Devon Reeser

GIS is being used in creative ways – including covert spy tracking of illegal logging deep in the Amazon – to help put and keep trees back on South America’s map. The simplification of tools and availability of web systems has empowered technicians, NGOs, and governments alike to address corruption and illegal logging with transparent map-based monitoring.