The Effects Of Agroforestry Systems On Carbon Sequestration Levels

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Agroforestry systems also have indirect effects on carbon sequestration levels, for example they help to lower the pressure on naturally degraded forests which are the largest terrestrial carbon sinks. Unfortunately, most carbon sequestration potential estimates are only theoretical and very little field measurements have been conducted to substantiate these theories (Murthy et al., 2013). The unavoidable variability in these estimates and the lack of consistent methodologies to measure carbon sequestration has made comparisons difficult to perform and not particularly precise (Murthy et al., 2013). However, there are few complete studies of specific examples of agroforestry systems which have proved the potential for carbon sequestration. Agroforestry in India and Other Humid Regions Murthy et al. published a paper in the Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change titled Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agroforestry Systems in India which examined agroforestry systems in India and the local management practices used (Murthy et al., 2013). The practice of growing trees on farms is an ancient tradition in India and has not changed or developed much through the years. There are four main regions in India, each with their own individual ecological characteristics influencing the type and effectiveness of agroforestry systems (Murthy et al., 2013). In Northern India the main form of agriculture is practiced through shifting cultivation, in fact the entire infrastructure of

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