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Title: ESTIMATION OF CARBON MANAGING CHURCH FOREST FOR CARBON EMISSION REDUCTION ATHESIS SUBMITTED TO SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE . . STOCK IN CHURCH FORESTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR
Authors: Tulu, Tolla
Advisors: Mekuria Argaw(Dr.)
Zewdu Eshetu(Dr.)
Keywords: Carbon sequestration
church forests
climate change and sacred site
Copyright: Apr-2011
Date Added: 17-Jul-2012
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Forests play a significant role in climate change mitigation by sequestering and storing more carbon from the atmosphere than any other terrestrial ecosystem. Church forests, including other sacred places, are relatively more protected than forests in any other places. The overall objective of this study was to estimate the contribution of church forests to the reduction of atmospheric carbon concentration by conducting case studies in few selected churches around Addis Ababa. Accordingly, seven churches were selected for the study. To estimate carbon in above and below ground biomass; each tree in the study site which had DBH > 10 cm were measured for DBH, height, basal height, and crown. Above ground biomass was estimated by using allometric models while below ground biomass was determined based on the ratio of below ground biomass to above ground biomass factors. Sampling of dead litter and soil carbon were conducted according to sampling quadrates. The results shown that, there were 1519 trees in the study sites which had DBH >10 cm. The mean above ground and below ground biomass carbon stock ranged from 129.85 + 154.11 and 25.97 + 30.82 t ha-1, respectively. The mean above ground biomass carbon per tree was 0.6 + 0.69 tonne. The mean carbon in dead litter and soil carbon were 17.83 + 19.13 and 135.94 + 21.25 t ha-1 respectively. From the point of view of managing forests for climate change mitigation, the result suggested that well managed sacred forests could have significantly high contribution to carbon emission reduction and enhancing in situ conservation of biodiversity.
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3388
Appears in:Thesis - Environmental Sciences

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