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Carbon Sequestration Potential of Indian Forestry Land Use Systems - A Review

Literature: Journal Articles

Wani, A.A., Joshi, P.K., Singh, O., & Pandey, R. 2012. “Carbon Sequestration Potential of Indian Forestry Land Use Systems - A Review” Nature and Science, vol, 10, no. 12, pp. 78-85.

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Corresponding author:


  • Silviculture Division, Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun 248 006, India
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Pombay, P.O. Gopalpora, Kulgam, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir J&K-192233, India
  • Department of Natural Resources, TERI University New Delhi 110 070, India
  • Department of Forestry Post Box No: 59, HNB Garhwal University Srinagar Garhwal Uttarahand-246174, India


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  • This paper presents an overview of studies done on the carbon sequestration potential of varied forestry land use systems in India at regional, country, and site-specific levels.
  • Pressure on India’s forests continues to be very high from both people dependent on forests for livelihood and from increasing demands on forests for infrastructure and industrial development.
  • The variation in biomass and soil organic carbon content in different forestry systems studied can be linked to species, temperature, soil type, biotic pressure, and management practices.
  • Rigorous carbon monitoring requires the national prioritization of periodic carbon assessment using approved refined methodology.
  • The authors recommend increasing carbon sequestration by planting under-stocked forests and promoting optimum utilization of over-stocked forests with due consideration to the needs of people.
  • Some techniques could include enrichment planting, increased length of rotation period, shifting to fast growing tree species, modifying thinning practices, and implementing measures aimed at increasing the C pool in the organic matter of forest soils.


Geographical Region

  • South Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • India
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