Trees play a critical role in reducing temperature through blocking sunlight from warming up man-made surfaces, as well as evapotranspiration (releasing water vapour that reduces the surrounding air temperature). Trees have the potential to cool down surface temperatures by between 7 and 11 degrees Celsius. It is imperative that we plant trees throughout South Africa – especially in treeless areas such as the townships.
Says Emily Jones, FTFA’s Trees and Carbon Manager,
Planting Urban Forests in drought conditions