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Carbon stock and sequestration valuation in a mixed dipterocarp forest of Malaysia


Matthew, Nitanan Koshy and Shuib, Ahmad and Muhammad, Ismail and Mohamed Eusop, Muhammad Ekhzarizal and Ramachandran, Sridar and Mohammad Afandi, Syamsul Herman and Samdin, Zaiton (2018) Carbon stock and sequestration valuation in a mixed dipterocarp forest of Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 47 (3). pp. 447-455. ISSN 0126-6039


Forest degradation and deforestation are some of the major global concerns as they can reduce the forest carbon stock and sequestration capacity. However, the carbon stock and sequestration potential in a mixed dipterocarp tropical forest remains unclear due to a lack of information. This study was carried out on the carbon stock and estimated its economic value to justify its conservation. Six plots were established in the Endau Rompin National Park, Johor and subplots measuring 50 × 20 m were established in each plot. All trees greater than 15 cm DBH (diameter at breast height) were identified and the parameters measured included tree height and diameter. The aboveground carbon (AGC) content was about 222 Mg(C) ha-1, belowground carbon (BGC) was 53 Mg (C) ha-1 and it was 6 Mg (C) ha-1 for other components. In total, the carbon stock amounted to 281 Mg (C) ha-1. On the other hand, the total CO2 sequestrated in the mixed dipterocarp forest amounted to 1,040 t CO2 ha-1. The carbon value was estimated at RM32,240 t CO2 ha-1 or $7,280 t CO2 ha-1. Therefore, the study found that the dipterocarp forest should be preserved to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Faculty of Forestry
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.17576/jsm-2018-4703-04
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Keywords: Carbon sequestration; Conservation; Dipterocarp forest; Forest carbon; Valuation
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 03:51
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 03:51
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/60471
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