Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 333-339 October-December 2015

 

CARBON STORAGE POTENTIALITY AND NATIVE TREE DENSITY IN ARID AREAS OF GUJARAT, INDIA : TO SUGGEST REFORESTATION STRATEGIES

 

Jagiwala J. and Dharaiya N.

1. Department of Biosciences, Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya, Kadi, Gujarat (INDIA ) 2. Department of Life Sciences, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan, Gujarat (INDIA)

 

Received on : June 19, 2015

 

ABSTRACT

 

Native trees are building blocks to maintain the ecosystem and natural habitat. However, there is lack of awareness and research on how they play a role in reducing atmospheric carbon which constrains their use in various ongoing carbon forestry schemes. The present study is an effort to fill this gap by assessing the carbon sequestration and tree cover density of ten commonly occurring trees in non forest areas in the arid landscape of Gujarat state to know their density and carbon storing capacity. Carbon storage capacity of trees has been measured by GBH method and tree density was studied through spatial analysis. The study reveals that Azadirechta indica was found with maximum density and Syzygium cumini was found with least density. However, S. cumini found with maximum carbon storage capacity of 3.77 tons per tree. Using above findings, it can be suggested that plantation of native trees with high carbon storage capacity may one of the options to reduce the atmospheric carbon dioxide and maintain the natural heritage of state.

 

Keywords : Carbon sequestration, Native trees, Tree biomass, Tree density, Ecosystem

 

 

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