CARBON FLOW IN INDIAN FORESTS
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- Ravindranath, N.H., Somashekhar, B.S. & Gadgil, M. Climatic Change (1997) 35: 297. doi:10.1023/A:1005303405404
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The present study estimates the net emission of carbon from the forest sector in India. For the reference year (1986), the gross emission from deforestation in that year, plus committed emissions from deforestation in the preceding years, is estimated to be 64 × 106 t of C. The carbon sequestration (or net woody biomass accumulation in trees for long-term storage) from the area brought under tree plantations and the existing forest area under forest succession is estimated to offset the gross carbon emission in India, leading to no net emissions of carbon from the forest sector. Medium-term projections for India (for the year 2011) show that under a ‘business as usual’ scenario at current rates of afforestation, projected carbon emissions would continue to be balanced by sequestration.