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

Sohel, Md. Shawkat Islam, Alamgir, Mohammed, Akhter, Sayma and Rahman, Mizanur (2015) Carbon storage in a bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) plantation in the degraded tropical forests: implications for policy development. Land Use Policy, 49 142-151. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.07.011


Author Sohel, Md. Shawkat Islam
Alamgir, Mohammed
Akhter, Sayma
Rahman, Mizanur
Title Carbon storage in a bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) plantation in the degraded tropical forests: implications for policy development
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
1873-5754
Publication date 2015-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.07.011
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 49
Start page 142
End page 151
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 ha1 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.
Keyword Allometric model
Bangladesh
Carbon estimation
Carbon trading
Clean development mechanism (CDM)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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