Panama Canal watershed offers test bed for ASU reforestation study

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In this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, two ASU scientists published their study on the Panama Canal watershed, an area under review for reforestation in order to compensate for increased cargo ship use and more channels. Charles Perrings, a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability, is the co-author alongside Silvio Simonit from ASU's Ecoservices Group.

The duo's paper examines the interactions and outcomes of multiple ecosystem services provided by reforestation including water flows, carbon sequestration, and timber production.

"Our research provides an insight into the importance of understanding the spatial distribution of the costs and benefits of jointly produced services," says Simonit.