CONTRIBUTION OF TREE DIVERSITY OF BHUJ URBAN LANDSCAPE TO MAINTAIN THE ECOLOGICAL BALANCE OF SURROUNDING ECOSYSTEMS, KACHCHH-GUJARAT
Keywords:Bhuj Urban Landscape, Kachchh, Gujarat, Carbon sequestration, ecological services
This study conducted between 2018 and 2019 with assessment of all trees in Bhuj Urban Landscape- BUL and collected all ecological data required for calcuation of carbon sequestraion by tree cover. As we know, due to urbanisation and many more development in urban landcsape, surrounding ecosystems are under heavy presuure and degraded with loss of biodiversity and ecological services providing to urban population. A total of four main ecosystems are existing in and around the BUL are tropical thorn forests, scrub forest, wetland-riverine forest and agriculture areas. During this study, a total of 128 tree species under 92 genera and 44 families are recorded from BUL; with a total of 157 individual trees are also documented as more than 50 years old and plantated at various localities. Among all trees recorded, several species like Tamarindus indica, Delonix regia, Azadirechta indica, Ficus religiosa, Ficus benghalensis, Pithecellobium dulce,Polyalthia longifolia and Leucaena leucocephalaare predominantly recorded in BUL with highest calculation of carbon storage.
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