Carbon storage in a bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) plantation in the degraded tropical forests: Implications for policy development

Sohel, M.S.I. and Alamgir, M. and Akhter, S. and Rahman, M. (2015) Carbon storage in a bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) plantation in the degraded tropical forests: Implications for policy development. Land Use Policy, 49 (SI). pp. 142-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.07.011

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Tropical forests potentially contribute to global climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration, hence a global carbon pool. In order to mitigate the global climate change impact, the Kyoto protocol developed the clean development mechanism (CDM) which supports carbon credits for plantation activities in developing countries. Unfortunately, none of the CDM forestry projects included bamboo as a carbon reservoir. Although bamboo is an integrating part of tropical forest ecosystems, it was overlooked in the initial negotiating process. The present study, therefore, investigated the carbon storage potential of a common bamboo species, Bambusa vulgaris at Lawachara forest reserve of Bangladesh. Results showed that five-year-old B. vulgaris stand stored in total 77.67 t C ha(-1) of which 50.44 t C ha(-1) were stored in the above ground biomass (culms, branches and leaves), 2.52 t C ha(-1) in the below ground biomass and 24.71 t C ha(-1) in the soils. This amount of carbon storage is much more promising than the carbon storage of many other tree species considered in the CDM projects. These findings demonstrate the potential of B. vulgaris to be considered in CDM projects as a plantation species and thereby mitigate climate change impact more efficiently.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 03:11
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 03:11
ISSN: 0264-8377
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6176
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.07.011
Publisher: Elsevier
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