Forest Carbon Storage and Species Richness in FSC Certified and Non-certified Community Forests in Nepal

Charmakar, Shambhu and Oli, Bishwa Nath and Joshi, Nabin Raj and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Atreya, Kishor (2021) Forest Carbon Storage and Species Richness in FSC Certified and Non-certified Community Forests in Nepal. Small-scale Forestry, 20 (2). pp. 199-219. ISSN 1873-7617


Abstract

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest certification was introduced in Nepal with an assumption that it improves forests and ecosystem services while addressing the drivers of forest degradation. As of today, 89 community forests (CF) have been FSC certified, however empirical evidence on the contribution of forest certification on carbon stock and species richness is lacking. This research, thus tries to answer the question “do certified community forests (CCF) maintain higher carbon stock and species richness compared to non-certified community forests (NCF)?” The study collected field level data during February–May 2013 from 88 experimental plots. The study found higher carbon stock (p<0.05) and species richness, and lower ecological threat index (p<0.10) in the CCF, compared to NCF. The study showed that forest carbon stock is positively related to species richness, and negatively to ecological threat index. It suggests that sustainable forest management practices, that is generally adopted in the CCF, would minimize ecological threats, enriches species leading to enhanced carbon stock.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 00:09
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 05:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable forest management; Forest certification; Biomass; Forest carbon; Ecological threats
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070599 Forestry Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180699 Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-020-09464-3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40478

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