SANTIAGO – Chile’s forests will capture at least 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually starting in 2030, contributing to efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, according to a study released Saturday by the South American nation’s Forestry Institute.
The study, commissioned by the Environment Ministry and financed by the Washington-based World Resources Institute, was carried out in Valdivia, 835 kilometers (520 miles) south of Santiago.
It focused on 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres) set aside for the sustainable management and recovery of native forest and another 100,000 hectares of land converted into forests through the planting of native species.
The estimate for the former category of forest was 600,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent sequestered or reduced annually starting in 2030, the study said. For the latter, the figure will range from between 900,000 MtCO2e and 1.2 million MtCO2e.
Chile has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 30 percent by 2030, compared to the 2007 level.
The study was released just two days before the start of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris.
The goal of the conference, to be attended by numerous world leaders including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate from all the world’s nations.