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Forests cover about one quarter of the Earth’s land surface area. They play a major
role in the present and projected future carbon budget as they contain about 80% of
all above-ground and 40% of below-ground terrestrial organic carbon. They can
become carbon sources when forests are harvested, degraded or damaged or
carbon sinks when new forests are planted or growth rates are enhanced.