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Journal of Environment and Waste Management

Estimation of carbon stored in selected tree species in Gedo forest: Implications to forest management for climate change mitigation

Hamere Yohannes1*, Teshome Soromessa2, Mekuria Argaw3

1*Department of Natural Resource Management, College of Agriculture and Natural Resource Science, Debre Berhan University, Post Box No: 445, DebreBerhan, Ethiopia.

2,3 Center for Environmental Science, College of Natural Science, Addis Ababa University,  Post Box No: 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Accepted 11 October, 2015.

Citation: Yohannes H, Soromessa T, Argaw M (2015). Estimation of carbon stored in selected tree species in Gedo forest: implications to forest management for climate change mitigation. Journal of Environment and Waste Management 2(4): 102-107.

Copyright: © 2015 Yohannes et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

Global forests are extremely diverse and provide a variety of ecosystem services including carbon sequestration. Large trees are the most effective organisms to stock atmospheric carbon. Ethiopia has substantial forest resource cover. But there is still limitation of scientific studies that magnify the role of forests for climate change mitigation. This study focus on the estimation of selected tree species carbon stock and their variation across different diameter at breast height, tree height and stem density in Gedo forest. The data collected from 200m2 sample plots by using systematically stratified sampling method. The main finding of this study was dominant trees in the forest contribute large amount of total carbon density stock by storing 74.59% of total carbon. The amount of carbon stocked in selected trees significantly varies within different diameter and height classes. Trees which have large height and diameter but smaller in number store large amount of aboveground and belowground biomass carbon with maximum 589.24ton ha-1 carbon at higher diameter class. These findings demonstrate that tree biomass carbon determined by tree stand structure (density, diameter and height).

Keywords: Climate change mitigation, tree diameter, forest carbon stock, tree height, stem density.

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