Resources and Environment in the Yangtze Basin

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Abstract : This study investigates the ecological value of Buddhist forests as carbon sinks in Kalasin Province, Thailand. This study emphasizes the critical role these forests play in tackling climate change by conducting detailed assessments of biodiversity, biomass estimation, and carbon sequestration analysis. The biodiversity study of Wat Pa Sang Arun reveals a diverse plant community with 43 species. This discovery highlights the forest's rich and intricate ecological tapestry. Furthermore, tree biomass research shows that the forest has a significant capacity for carbon storage, with the tree stems accounting for the majority of above-ground biomass. Furthermore, carbon sequestration assessments across various tree components highlight the crucial function of stems, roots, and branches in carbon storage. Furthermore, the study investigates the carbon dioxide absorption capability of different tree components, emphasizing Buddhist forests' unique effectiveness as natural carbon sinks. These findings highlight the significance of protecting old-growth forests and incorporating sociocultural viewpoints into conservation strategies. To ensure effective preservation, future research should focus longitudinal studies that track carbon storage patterns while also including socio-cultural perspectives into conservation plans. Collaboration among local communities, governments, and religious institutions is critical for promoting long-term stewardship of Buddhist forests and preserving their invaluable ecological and cultural history.