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Growth, carbon sequestration, and management of native tree plantations in humid regions of Costa Rica :

by Redondo Brenes, Alvaro.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: , 3 tablas.Subject(s): VOCHYSIA GUATEMALENSIS | VOCHYSIA FERRUGINEA | HYERONIMA ALCHORNEOIDES | CALOPHYLLUM BRASILIENSE | TERMINALIA AMAZONIA | VIROLA KOSCHNYI | DIPTERYX PANAMENSIS | ARBOLES | ESPECIES NATIVAS | CRECIMIENTO | INCENTIVOS | SILVICULTURA | PRODUCCION DE MADERA | CAPTURA DE CARBONO ATMOSFERICO | ALOMETRIA | BIOMASA AEREA | ECUACIONES ALOMETRICAS | ORDENACION FORESTAL | ORDENACION FORESTAL | SERVICIOS AMBIENTALES | AGROFORESTERIAOnline Resources: Texto completo (En) Summary: The Costa Rican government has provided incentives for reforestation programs since 1986 and initiated a Payment for Environmental Services program in 1996. These incentives yielded native species reforestation programs throughout the country. This research aims to provide information about growth, carbon sequestration, and management of seven native tree species (Vochysia guatemalensis, Vochysia ferruginea, Hyeronima alchorneoides, Calophyllum brasiliense, Terminalia amazonia, Virola koschnyi, and Dipteryx panamensis) growing in small and medium-sized plantations in the Caribbean and Northern lowlands of Costa Rica. A total of 179 plots were evaluated in 32 farms. Overall, I found that V. guatemalensis, V. ferruginea, H. alchorneoides, and T. amazonia were the species with the fastest diameter, total height, and volume growth; and T. amazonia and D. panamensis sequestered more carbon. Moreover, I found that the plantations that had been thinned before this assessment had the best growth. The results of the present research enhance the criteria elaborated in previous research findings to improve species choices for reforestation and silvicultural management in Costa Rica and in other regions with similar ecological features. Furthermore, they support the concept that tropical plantations can serve diverse economic, social, and ecological functions that may ultimately help reduce atmospheric CO2 accumulation.
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DOI 10.1007/s11056-007-9052-9

Bibliografía páginas 266-268

The Costa Rican government has provided incentives for reforestation programs since 1986 and initiated a Payment for Environmental Services program in 1996. These incentives yielded native species reforestation programs throughout the country. This research aims to provide information about growth, carbon sequestration, and management of seven native tree species (Vochysia guatemalensis, Vochysia ferruginea,
Hyeronima alchorneoides, Calophyllum brasiliense, Terminalia amazonia, Virola koschnyi, and Dipteryx panamensis) growing in small and medium-sized plantations in the Caribbean and Northern lowlands of Costa Rica. A total of 179 plots were evaluated in 32 farms. Overall, I found that V. guatemalensis, V. ferruginea, H. alchorneoides, and T. amazonia were the species with the fastest diameter, total height, and volume growth; and T. amazonia and D. panamensis sequestered more carbon. Moreover, I found that the plantations that had been thinned before this assessment had the best growth. The results of the present research enhance the criteria elaborated in previous research findings to improve species choices for reforestation and silvicultural management in Costa Rica and
in other regions with similar ecological features. Furthermore, they support the concept that tropical plantations can serve diverse economic, social, and ecological functions that may
ultimately help reduce atmospheric CO2 accumulation.

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