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Advances in Ecology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1529703, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1529703
Research Article

Carbon Sequestration in Tropical and Subtropical Plant Species in Collaborative and Community Forests of Nepal

1Department of Forests, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
2Central Department of Botany, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
3Tribhuvan University Commission, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
4District Forest Office, Hattisar, Kathmandu, Nepal
5Tri-Chandra College, Ghantaghar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Received 9 December 2015; Revised 7 April 2016; Accepted 12 April 2016

Academic Editor: Junbao Yu

Copyright © 2016 Ram Asheshwar Mandal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Different plant species have different capacity of carbon sequestration but it is not assessed yet in Nepal. Therefore, this study was done to assess the species-wise carbon sequestration in two periods in forests. Three collaborative and three community forests were selected for the study. The selected forests were surveyed using GPS and mapped and stratified into tree, pole, and regeneration. Specifically 32, 33, and 31 samples were collected from Banke-Maraha, Tuteshwarnath, and Gadhanta-Bardibash collaborative forests, respectively, while 30, 25, and 22 samples were collected from Chureparwati, Buddha, and Chyandanda community forests correspondingly. The sample plots were of 25 m 20 m for tree strata. The diameter and height of plants were measured and samples were collected for three consecutive years. The estimated carbon stock of Shorea robusta was the highest 35.93 t ha−1 in 2011 which was slightly decreased to 34.43 t ha−1 in 2012 and reached 32.02 t ha−1 in 2013 in Banke-Maraha collaborative forest but it was the least 7.97, 8.92, and 10.29 t ha−1 in 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively, in Chyandanda community forest. The highest carbon sequestration was recorded about 5.02 t ha−1 of Shorea robusta in Chyandanda community forest in between t2013 and t2012.