Interventions to better manage the carbon stocks in Australian Melaleuca forests

Tran, Da B., Dargusch, Paul, Herbohn, John and Moss, Patrick (2013) Interventions to better manage the carbon stocks in Australian Melaleuca forests. Land Use Policy, 35 417-420. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.04.018


Author Tran, Da B.
Dargusch, Paul
Herbohn, John
Moss, Patrick
Title Interventions to better manage the carbon stocks in Australian Melaleuca forests
Formatted title
Interventions to better manage the carbon stocks in Australian Melaleuca forests
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
1873-5754
Publication date 2013-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.04.018
Volume 35
Start page 417
End page 420
Total pages 4
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Forests and woodlands dominated by tree species of the genus Melaleuca cover around 7,556,000. ha in Australia and predominantly occur as wetland ecosystems. In this Viewpoint, we use published secondary data to estimate that there is likely to be between 158. tC/ha and 286. tC/ha stored in Melaleuca forests. These estimates are at least five times greater than the previous estimate made by the Australian Government (about 27.8. tC/ha). There are 2.1 million ha of protected Melaleuca forest which likely stock between 328. M tC and 601. M tC; equivalent to between 2.7% and 5.0% of total carbon storage of all Australian native forests. These estimates are significant because it appears that carbon stocks in Melaleuca forests are currently dramatically under-estimated in Australia's national greenhouse gas emissions inventory reported under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Whilst the precision of the estimates is limited by the availability of rigorous primary data, we also argue that the estimates are indicative and meaningful, and this synopsis highlights the fact that this forest type should be considered a significant carbon store nationally and globally.
Keyword Wetlands
Climate change
Carbon
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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