Report on a carbon storage survey in Kuiburi national park, an ASEAN heritage site
The objective of this project was to evaluate the biomass and carbon stock in two areas, Kuiburi national park and the ecological corridor connecting Kuiburi national park to Kaeng Krachan national park. Point sampling surveys were carried out in 187 sample plots using a cluster systematic sampling design. The plots were distanced 2.5 km, covering the whole study area. Soil samples were also collected for each plant community to evaluate carbon accumulation. The analyses show that the total carbon stock in Kuiburi national park and in the ecological corridor are respectively 13,279,919.75 and 1,726,298.52 tons. These results clearly suggest that the surveyed areas can absorb a carbon dioxide (CO2) amount of respectively 48,693,039.083 and 6,329,761.24 tons. The economic value for the provision of this ecosystem service by the surveyed areas is, respectively, 5,896,248,369 - 15,232,067,953 and 1,980,064,402 - 2,810,413,990.56 THB.
Keywords: Biomass, Carbon storage, ASEAN heritage site, Kuiburi national park