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Potential for increasing carbon sink in Himachal Pradesh, India

Murthy, IK and Alipuria, Arvind Kumar and Ravindranath, NH (2012) Potential for increasing carbon sink in Himachal Pradesh, India. In: TROPICAL ECOLOGY, 53 (3, SI). pp. 357-369.

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In this study, the potential for increasing the tree cover and thereby the biomass and carbon as a mitigation option of three categories of wastelands, irrespective of their tenure, are considered. The area under wastelands in Himachal Pradesh, according to NRSA (2005), is estimated to be 2.83 Mha. Among the 28 categories of wastelands reported by NRSA, only 15 categories exist in Himachal Pradesh. In the present study, three land categories are considered for estimating the mitigation potential. They include: (i) Degraded forestland, (ii) Degraded community land and (iii) Degraded and abandoned private land. Choice of species or the mix of species to be planted on the three land categories considered for reforestation is discussed. Carbon pools considered in the present study are those, which account only for aboveground biomass, belowground biomass and soil organic carbon. This study estimates the mitigation potential at the state level considering land available under more than one category. It also provides a roadmap for future work in support of mitigation analysis and implementation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to INT SOC TROPICAL ECOLOGY, DEPT BOTANY BENERAS HINDU UNIV, VARANASI 221 005, INDIA
Keywords: Afforestation; biomass;carbon pools;climate change;mean annual increment;mitigation potential;reforestation; wastelands
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 12:13
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2012 12:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45082

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