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Monitoring of Carbon Abatement in Forestry Projects -- Case Study of Western Ghat Project

Literature: Journal Articles

Ravindranath, N. H., & Bhat, P. R. (1996). Monitoring of Carbon Abatement in Forestry Projects — Case Study of Western Ghat Project. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 2(2/3), 217-230. doi:10.1023/

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Centre for Ecological Sciences/ASTRA Indian Institute of Science




  • Forestry project carbon mitigation projects are incredibly complex - more so than their counterparts in energy because of their length, varying rates of carbon accumulation in both the soil and the vegetation, varying rates of extraction, emissions from the forest floor and disturbances such as fire.
  • Projects should designate a significant portion of their budget toward monitoring - in this case study, the budget for monitoring was 10% of the overall project budget.
  • Local institutions should be included in monitoring and if possible on-the-ground technicians should come from local areas
  • Parameters to measure include: Vegetation carbon density, soil carbon density, litter / slash carbon density, carbon sequestration, area data, wood harvest and end use, and root biomass density
  • These parameters are in addition to the ones that are typically monitored for any forest project such as regeneration and survival rates, changes in biodiversity, growth rates of woody biomass, production and extraction of timber and NTFPs, changes in soil carbon or organic matter content, costs and benefits,  

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  • South Asia
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