Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 1A Page No.: 576-583 July-September 2012

 

CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN MANGROVES ECOSYSTEMS

 

Patil V.*, Singh A., Naik N., Seema U. and Sawant B.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, NITIE, Mumbai ( INDIA)

 

Received on : May 05,2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

With the increasing problem of global warming, there is an immediate need to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, conserve existing ecosystem capable of storing carbon and to find new means of sequestering the carbon. Mangroves growing near the coast play an important role in carbon sequestration by acting as sink for carbon, thereby receiving considerable international attention. The main objective of the paper is to review the potential of mangroves to sequester carbon. A pilot study of mangroves was carried out in the city of Mumbai for Sewri, Wadala and Mahul region. The region has dense mangroves presently, also the density of mangroves currently in this area has increased from what it was in the year 2001. The pilot study carried out was a preliminary analysis to find out the percentage carbon present in the leaves of mangrove ecosystem, using CHN analyser. Average percentage of carbon in leaf samples is found to be 36.9467%. Overall this paper attempts to highlight the impacts, issues and dimensions of mangrove restoration and to what extent these impact sustainability and climate change.

 

Keywords : Mangroves, Carbon sequestration, Carbon sequestration potential, Mangroves protection, Restoration, Global warming

 

 

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