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Record number 455523
Title Woody biomass on farms and in the landscapes of Rwanda
Author(s) Ndayambaje, J.D.; Mugiraneza, T.; Mohren, G.M.J.
Source Agroforestry Systems 88 (2014)1. - ISSN 0167-4366 - p. 101 - 124.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10457-013-9659-0
Department(s) Forest Ecology and Forest Management
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) agroforestry practices - aboveground biomass - tropical forests - carbon stocks - systems - conservation - management - india - sequestration - agroecosystem
Abstract Scattered trees and woodlots are a prominent feature of agricultural landscapes of Rwanda. However, little is known about their characteristics and their contribution to farmers’ wood needs. Here, we present the results of a survey of (a) the abundance, composition, and size of trees and woodlots in the low, medium and high altitude regions of Rwanda, (b) total woody biomass and biomass for fuelwood at farm and landscape levels, and (c) opportunities for their sustainable use. Scattered trees occurred in all landscapes at minimum densities ranging from 20 to 167 trees ha-1. Of the 56 tree genera recorded, a handful of tree species dominated, with the ten most common species accounting for over 70 % of all trees recorded. Most of them provided fuelwood, fruit and timber to farm owners. Woodlots occurred on about 40 % of the survey farms and consisted for 90 % of eucalyptus coppice. Woody biomass dry weight of scattered trees on agricultural landscape was 0.7 t ha-1 in low altitude region (LAR), 3 t ha-1 in medium altitude region (MAR), and 1 t ha-1 in high altitude region (HAR). Dry weight woody biomass in woodlots (
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