International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences


International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
2022, Vol. 4, Issue 2
Carbon mitigation and sequestration by urban forest at Okhla bird sanctuary, Delhi, India

Mayank Tripathi, Hema Joshi

Cities have been identified as key stakeholders in climate change mitigation. Nature based carbon sinks have been suggested as means of mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions of cities. Delhi is one of the most polluted city in northern India. It is due to ever increasing population pressure, urbanization and luxurious life style among rich and growing class of the society. In this context, urban green spaces act as large “carbon sinks” and provides a variety of ecosystem services including carbon storage and mitigation. In this backdrop, the functional role played by urban trees in carbon offsetting was analyzed at Okhla Bird Sanctuary (OBS) which lies in between Delhi- Noida border and represents a perfect example of a man- modified floodplain wetland which enjoys a high human impact. The study is first of its kind as only phytosociological analysis was conducted from time to time and role of urban trees in carbon mitigation was not evaluated till date. The study suggested that green planning could contribute more strongly to CO2 mitigation by encouraging the use of planting and conservation of more trees in urban areas, in addition to ensuring favorable growing conditions for them. More studies should come up discussing the adaptive ecology of trees in an urban environment, with particular reference to function- derived relative growth rates. Moreover, biomass partitioning, eco-physiological and biochemical adjustments made by trees in an urban stressful environment should also be explored in future for better management practices.
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Mayank Tripathi, Hema Joshi. Carbon mitigation and sequestration by urban forest at Okhla bird sanctuary, Delhi, India. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2022, Pages 36-45
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