Leveraging the potentials of soil carbon sequestration in sustaining forest ecosystems in Malaysia

Abdullahi Ahmed Chinade, Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail, Chamhuri Siwar, Anizan Isahak

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Abstract

The forest ecosystem is believed to have the capacity of sequestering and storing large quantities of carbon in biomass and soil. In Malaysia, the forest ecosystem contains an estimated 23.48 Million tonnes of Carbon (C) or 86.17M tonnes CO<inf>2</inf> equivalent, and sequesters up to 4 tonnes of Carbon ha<sup>-1</sup> Yr<sup>-1</sup>. However, this estimate does not include the carbon in soil despite the soil contributing up to 46% of the total carbon found in the forest ecosystems. Many forest carbon inventories and valuation studies conducted in Malaysia seem to overlook the contribution of soil carbon thereby grossly under-estimating the actual carbon stock in the forest ecosystem. Soil carbon is important in climate change mitigation and in improving land productivity among other vital ecological functions. Unlocking the potentials of forest soil to sequester carbon may help in sustainable forest management. Malaysia occupies a unique position in leveraging these opportunities by mainstreaming soil carbon in sustainable management of the forestry sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Forester
Volume77
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Forest soil
  • Soil carbon sequestration
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Tropical forest ecosystems

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  • Forestry

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Chinade, A. A., Mohamad Ismail, S., Siwar, C., & Isahak, A. (2014). Leveraging the potentials of soil carbon sequestration in sustaining forest ecosystems in Malaysia. Malaysian Forester, 77(2), 91-100.

Leveraging the potentials of soil carbon sequestration in sustaining forest ecosystems in Malaysia. / Chinade, Abdullahi Ahmed; Mohamad Ismail, Shaharuddin; Siwar, Chamhuri; Isahak, Anizan.

In: Malaysian Forester, Vol. 77, No. 2, 2014, p. 91-100.

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Chinade, AA, Mohamad Ismail, S, Siwar, C & Isahak, A 2014, 'Leveraging the potentials of soil carbon sequestration in sustaining forest ecosystems in Malaysia', Malaysian Forester, vol. 77, no. 2, pp. 91-100.
Chinade, Abdullahi Ahmed ; Mohamad Ismail, Shaharuddin ; Siwar, Chamhuri ; Isahak, Anizan. / Leveraging the potentials of soil carbon sequestration in sustaining forest ecosystems in Malaysia. In: Malaysian Forester. 2014 ; Vol. 77, No. 2. pp. 91-100.
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