Above-ground carbon stock and REDD plus opportunities of community-managed forests in northern Thailand : Above-ground carbon stock and REDD+ opportunities of community-managed forests in northern Thailand

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Thammanu, Siriluck; Han, Hee; Marod, Dokrak; Srichaichana, Jamroon; Chung, Joosang

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PLoS ONE, Vol.16 No.8, p. e0256005
This study aimed to investigate the structure of two deciduous forests and assess their above-ground carbon stock in order to promote community forest management (CFM) for REDD+ opportunities in the Ban Mae Chiang Rai Lum Community Forest in northern Thailand. A systematic sampling method was used to establish twenty-five sample plots of 40 m x 40 m (0.16 ha) each that were used to survey the entire 3,925 ha area of the community forest. Cluster analysis identified two different forest types: dry dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest. It was determined that the above-ground carbon stock did not vary significantly between them. An analysis of carbon sequestration in the community forest indicates that carbon stock increased under CFM from 2007 to 2018 by an estimated 28,928 t C and participation in the carbon market would have yielded approximately US $339,730.43 or US $8.66 /ha/year to the community for that 10-year period. Projections for 2028 reflect that carbon stock will experience continual growth which indicates that maintaining CFM can increase carbon sequestration and reduce CO2 emissions. However, though further growth of carbon stock in the community forest is expected into 2038, that growth would be at a lesser rate than during the preceding decade. This suggests that CFM management should address forest utilization practices with a focus on maintaining long term carbon stock growth. Additional measures to address the impact of drought conditions and to safeguard against forest fires are required to sustain tree species' growth and expansion in order to increase their carbon accumulation potential. Thailand's community forest involvement in REDD+ and participation in its international carbon market could create more economic opportunities for local communities.
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