Types Of Land Use Systems And The Roles Essay

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Over the past 3 decades or so there has been a progressively growing interest in the diversity of different types of land use systems and the roles they play in stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations as well as mitigating CO2 emissions. Specific interest has been shown towards agroforestry systems and their ability to sequester carbons in above and below ground biomass while simultaneously enhancing global carbon sinks (Dixon et al. 1994). Agroforestry offers the opportunities to syndicate the twin objectives of adapting to climate change and mitigating the change. Although agroforestry has the potential to deliver extensive mitigation opportunities these can only be achieved though proper management practices which directly effect the amount of carbon sequestered (Dixon et al. 1994). Considering the amount of land dedicated to agriculture the integration of agroforestry is very important for sustaining food production while providing essential environmental services (Dixon et al. 1994). Agriculture alone is the source of about 12% of the worlds anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; fortunately, agriculture is intensively managed and therefore has the opportunity to improve agronomic and land use practices to enhance carbon sequestration (Dixon et al. 1994).

Emphasis has been placed on switching from lower biomass land use systems such as grassland or crop fallows to tree based systems such as agroforestry to increase carbon…

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