Assessment of carbon sequestration and its economic value in Iranian oak forests: case study Bisetoon protected area

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Campus of Agriculture and Natural ‎Resources, Razi ‎University, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Department of Agroecology, Environmental Sciences Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Department of Soil Science, Campus of Agriculture and Natural ‎Resources, Razi ‎University, Kermanshah, Iran.‎


Greenhouse gas emission and distractive environmental crisis such as global warming and change climate was occurred by human activation in natural ecosystems in this century. Due to this problem carbon sequestration is a win-win approach to purpose reducing of distractive human activation and emission of greenhouse gas. Accordingly, this study was carried out to purpose the assessment of carbon sequestration with economic value by Quercus brantii Lindi forest in Kermanshah province in 2015 to 2016. 
Material and methods:
Essential data for this research was collected by on farm method and random sampling method in two groups including coppice and single stem forms in oak forest in Bisetoon protected region. Then, the amount of carbon sequestration and its economic value were calculated by using the collected data and application of mathematical relations in this forests.
Results and discussion:
According to result of this study amount of carbon sequestration by trees biomass was 1622.67kgha-1yer-1 in coppice forms. This amount was 1786.47kgha-1yer-1in single stem. Therefore amount of CO2 captured and saved in wood tissue and organic matter of residual in bottom of tree layer was 5841.61, and 6431.29 kgha-1yer-1 in coppice and single stem forms. Due to the applied tax rate for every ton of carbon emissions, the annual economic value per hectare of this forest was estimated 1780856 rials.
furthermore, suitable management of oak forest ecosystems in this investigating region and subsequently around the country is very important to purpose of reduces the environmental crisis, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and change climate. On the other hand, Due to the importance of carbon credit issue and international issues surrounding it, it has benefited for the resumption and maintenance of these natural ecosystems.


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