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ISSN: 2157-7617

Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change
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Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agroforestry Systems in India

Indu K Murthy*, Mohini Gupta, Sonam Tomar, Madhushree Munsi, Rakesh Tiwari GT Hegde and Ravindranath NH
Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Corresponding Author : Indu K Murthy
Centre for Sustainable Technologies
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
E-mail: [email protected]
Received December 02, 2012; Accepted December 28, 2012; Published January 15, 2013
Citation: Murthy IK, Gupta M, Tomar S, Munsi M, Tiwari R et al. (2013) Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agroforestry Systems in India. J Earth Sci Climate Change 4:131. doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000131
Copyright: © 2013 Murthy IK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Forestry has been recognized as a means to reduce CO2 emissions as well as enhancing carbon sinks. Forests are a large sink of carbon and their role in carbon cycles is well recognized. This paper reviews the role of agroforestry systems in carbon mitigation. Agroforestry provides a unique opportunity to combine the twin objectives of climate change adaptation and mitigation. It has the ability to enhance the resilience of the system for coping with the adverse impacts of climate change. Agroforestry systems offer important opportunities of creating synergies between both adaptation and mitigation actions. Various authors have carried out studies to estimate carbon stocks in different agroforestry systems in India. Agroforestry systems have the potential to provide significant mitigation options but they require proper management that influences the amount of carbon sequestered. The role of agroforestry practices in climate change mitigation in India can be realized to its full potential by overcoming various technical, financial and institutional barriers.

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