Avoided deforestation

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Protecting native forest in areas that would otherwise be cleared for crops or grassland helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere, because carbon remains stored in the trees as they grow, and the emissions that would have been created by clearing are avoided. The carbon stored in the trees is called carbon stock, while the net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a result of a project is called abatement.

See: REDD+

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