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Biodiversity in forest carbon sequestration initiatives: Not just a side benefit


Diaz, S; Hector, A; Wardle, D A (2009). Biodiversity in forest carbon sequestration initiatives: Not just a side benefit. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1(1):55-60.

Abstract

One way of mitigating global climate change is protecting and enhancing biosphere carbon stocks. The success of mitigation initiatives depends on the long-term net balance between carbon gains and losses. The biodiversity of ecological communities, including composition and variability of traits of plants and soil organisms, can alter this balance in several ways. This influence can be direct, through determining the magnitude, turnover rate, and longevity of carbon stocks in soil and vegetation. It can also be indirect through influencing the value and therefore the protection that societies give to ecosystems and their carbon stocks. Biodiversity of forested ecosystems has important consequences for long-term carbon
storage, and thus warrants incorporation into the design,
implementation, and regulatory framework of mitigation
initiatives.

Abstract

One way of mitigating global climate change is protecting and enhancing biosphere carbon stocks. The success of mitigation initiatives depends on the long-term net balance between carbon gains and losses. The biodiversity of ecological communities, including composition and variability of traits of plants and soil organisms, can alter this balance in several ways. This influence can be direct, through determining the magnitude, turnover rate, and longevity of carbon stocks in soil and vegetation. It can also be indirect through influencing the value and therefore the protection that societies give to ecosystems and their carbon stocks. Biodiversity of forested ecosystems has important consequences for long-term carbon
storage, and thus warrants incorporation into the design,
implementation, and regulatory framework of mitigation
initiatives.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:28 Jan 2010 11:31
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 23:48
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1877-3435
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2009.08.001

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