Odisha Ranks Fifth In Carbon Stock Estimation

India State of Forest (ISF) report 2019, in a recent report stated that Odisha has around 6 per cent of India’s total forest carbon stock. The state has around 432.28 million tonne forest carbon stock and is 5th in the country in terms of forest carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is a process of increasing the carbon content of the forest through methods that extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The State at present has 51,619 sq. km of forest cover.

Carbon is deposited within the forest ecosystem in five forms including above-ground biomass, below-ground biomass, deadwood, litter, soil organic matter.

According to the ISF report, Odisha has:

– 255.85 mt carbon stored in the soil organic matter of forest
– 126.65 mt carbon stored in above-ground biomass
– 39 mt in below-ground biomass,
– 1.6 mt in deadwood deposits
– 9 mt in litter deposits

India’s total carbon stock for 2019 is at 7,124 mt with Arunachal Pradesh having the highest with 1,051 million tonnes.

India has pledged to accomplish an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of Co2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover. To achieve this target Odisha will play a vital role as it has a total geographical area of around 1.5 lakh square km – massive potential to make a significant contribution.

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