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23 September 2017

फोन नं. ०२१–४६०२२४, ४६००७८

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Participatory Carbon Monitoring: An Experience from the Koshi Hills, Nepal

Carbon-a new commodity has been introducing in the world of climate change. Estimation of carbon-stock and carbon-sequestration rate is the need to expand its market. The methodology to estimate and verify carbon-stock and carbon-sequestration by forests is complex and quite technical since it is spatial specific and species specific. This paper shows how complex technology can be made more plausible and easier for forest users to collect and interpret data using a simple methodology and with scarce resources. It can lead to better forest management decisions that contribute to addressing the adverse effects of climate change and it empowers local communities in days ahead. Stratified random sampling with one percent sampling intensity has been applied to collect data from Tintale and Urathe community forests in Terhathum district, Eastern Hills. Results indicate that forest users, with simple orientation and few resources can collect accurate data on growing stock and interpret them, and thereby produce relevant information on forest carbon-stock and carbon-sequestration rate. It is recommended to endorsed best practices in national guidelines, widen the area of study and research, and strengthen the local mechanism so that forest users play a central role in natural resource management sector. 

 
Keywords:
carbon-stock, carbon-sequestration, carbon market, community forest
Citation:

Shrestha, R. 2010. Participatory Carbon Monitoring: An Experience from the Koshi Hills, Nepal. In Balla, M.K. and Singh, A.K. (eds.), Proceedings National Conference on Forest-People Interaction. NUFU HIMUNET Project, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal.

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