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

Aryal, Suman and 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. ISSN 1873-7617


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Steve Harrison, John Herbohn. Published online 26 Mar 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 06:57
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 02:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: biomass; community forest; mid-hill; REDD+; sequestration
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070502 Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s11842-013-9236-4

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