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Forest carbon stocks in woody plants of Mount Zequalla Monastery and it’s variation along altitudinal gradient: implication of managing forests for climate change mitigation

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A. Girma
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This journal article argues that carbon sequestration through forestry has the potential to play a significant role in ameliorating global environmental problems such as atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases and climate change. It documents a study undertaken to estimate forest carbon stock along altitudinal gradient in Mount Zequalla Monastery forest in Ethiopia. The results are taken to show a significant variation with exception for soil organic carbon stock. The amount of carbon stock in above and below ground biomass showed increasing pattern with increasing altitude whereas litter and soil organic carbon stocks showed decreasing pattern with increasing altitude. Overall this study points out Mount Zequalla Monastery forest has the potential to sequester plenty of CO2 with a considerable variation along altitude. Thus, the authors argue ,that it has paramount importance to give conservation priority to the forests to achieve climate change mitigation aspiration especially through forest carbon sequestration mechanism.