Sikkim’s urban sacred groves mitigate double the carbon compared to a natural rural forest

A quality unique to Sikkim has been the role played by its religious and cultural institutions in the preservation of forests, these forests also help fight the impact of climate change and mitigate environmental degradation to a large extent.

Temperate broad-leaved forests at Enchey monastery dominated by Eurya acuminata, and Cryptomeria japonica. Photo by Bijayalaxmi et.al.

In Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas, religious and cultural ties have helped preserve patches of forests attached to monasteries for centuries. These sacred groves are also crucial to the fight against climate change. A new study finds that carbon mitigated by two undisturbed urban sacred forests in Sikkim is almost double the amount of carbon absorbed and stored by a natural rural forest.

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