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Forest conservation, afforestation and reforestation in India: Implications for forest carbon stocks

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Ravindranath, N., Chaturvedi, Rajiv, K., Murthy, I. 2008, "Forest conservation, afforestation and reforestation in India: Implications for forest carbon stocks", Current Science, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 216-222.

Contact Info

Corresponding author: ravi@ces.iisc.ernet.in

Affiliations

  • Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India
  • Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

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Description

  • This article presents an assessment of the implications of past and current forest conservation and regeneration policies and programmes for forest carbon sink in India.
  • The carbon stock in existing forests is projected to be nearly stable over the next 25 year period at 8.79 gigatons carbon (GtC).
  • If the current rate of afforestation and reforestation continues, the authors estimate a nearly 11% increase in the carbon stock from 8.79 gigatons carbon (GtC) in 2006 to 9.75 gigatons carbon (GtC) by 2030. 
  • The factors contributing to the current and projected trends of stable or increasing carbon stocks in the forests include: progressive and effective forest conservation legislations, afforestation and reforestation programmes, and community participation in forest protection, regeneration and management.

Geographical Region

  • Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • India
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