Mills, A.J. and R.M. Cowling
Restoration of thicket using cuttings of the dominant succulent shrub Portulacaria afra could return biodiversity to the transformed landscape, earn carbon credits on international markets, reduce soil erosion, increase wildlife carrying capacity, improve water infiltration and retention, and provide employment to rural communities. Carbon storage in two thicket restoration sites was investigated to determine potential rates of carbon sequestration. Potential earnings through carbon credits are likely to rival forest planting schemes, but costs are likely to be less due to the ease of planting cuttings, as opposed to propagating forest saplings.