Comparison of carbon stocks between mixed and pine-dominated forest stands within the Gwalinidaha Community Forest in Lalitpur District, Nepal

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Aryal, Suman, Bhattarai, Dilli R. and Devkota, Rohini P.. 2013. "Comparison of carbon stocks between mixed and pine-dominated forest stands within the Gwalinidaha Community Forest in Lalitpur District, Nepal." Small-Scale Forestry. 12 (4), pp. 659-666. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-013-9236-4
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Comparison of carbon stocks between mixed and pine-dominated forest stands within the Gwalinidaha Community Forest in Lalitpur District, Nepal

ERA Journal ID5688
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAryal, Suman (Author), Bhattarai, Dilli R. (Author) and Devkota, Rohini P. (Author)
Journal TitleSmall-Scale Forestry
Journal Citation12 (4), pp. 659-666
Number of Pages8
Year2013
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
ISSN1873-7617
1873-7854
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-013-9236-4
Web Address (URL)http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11842-013-9236-4/fulltext.html
Abstract

Forests play an important role in global carbon cycle as this is both a source and sink of carbon. The carbon stock in a forest is affected by climate, tree species present and forest management. Community forestry program of Nepal is successful in reviving degraded forest patches in the mid-hill but there is a lack of information whether mixed or pine plantations are beneficial in terms of carbon content. The goal of this study was to estimate and compare carbon stocks in mixed and pine-dominated forest stands within the Community Forest in the mid-hill of Nepal. The study was conducted in Gwalinidaha Community Forest of Lalitpur District, Central Nepal. Carbon components considered were tree biomass carbon, root biomass carbon, litter biomass carbon and soil organic carbon. Total carbon stock of the forest was estimated to be 2250.24 tons with average carbon stock of 166.68 tons/ha. Total carbon stock per hectare was found to be higher in the pine-dominated forest as compared to mixed forest that was largely contributed by tree biomass but the litter carbon and soil organic carbon were higher in the latter. The Community Forestry of Nepal has a huge potential for carbon storage and pine-dominated forest showed more total carbon content than in mixed forest in mid-hill of Nepal indicating its large contribution in terms of carbon storage. Similar study to a large extent combining data from many community forests in the mid-hill is recommended.

Keywordsbiomass; community forest; mid-hill; REDD+; sequestration
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410101. Carbon sequestration science
410406. Natural resource management
300705. Forestry biomass and bioproducts
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© 2013 Steve Harrison, John Herbohn.
Published online 26 Mar 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Catchments
Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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