Tree diversity and aboveground carbon stock assessment in Sitio Bokbokon, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, Philippines

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Tree diversity and aboveground carbon stock assessment in Sitio Bokbokon, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, Philippines

Rowena A. Japitana, Janelito F. Olor, Katrine Mae B. Mante
Int. J. Biosci.17( 3), 58-66, September 2020.
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Tropical forest has a valuable role concerning climate change, by sequestering a huge amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. This study assessed the carbon stock and rate of sequestration of forest ecosystems in Sitio Bokbokon Las Nieves Agusan Del Norte. A total of 11 families and 88 individuals of plants were identified. The conservation status of trees that have been collected using IUCN Red List of Threatened Species revealed that there were six (6) Least Concern trees status, five (5) Vulnerable, five (5) Not Assessed, four (4) Critically and Endangered two (2) species of trees. Plant diversity in all stations resulted to moderate with Shannon diversity (H`) of 2.542. Carbon density ranges widely from 402.61 t/ha to 6088.15 t/ha in the following 3 stations with station 2 as the largest due to the presence of large trees such as Shorea macrophylla, Ficus benjamina, Eucalyptus deglupta, and Shorea contorta. Overall, the identified trees in selected areas in Sitio Bokbokon were capable of storing a high amount of carbon dioxide and thus it has a big factor in mitigating climate change.


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