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Table 6 Reported management practices that enhance carbon sequestration in African rangelands

From: Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sink potential in Eastern Africa rangeland ecosystems: A review

Management practices C sequestration (Mg C ha1 yr1) Location Source
Transition from heavy to moderate grazing 0.21 African rangelands Conant and Paustian (2002)
Protection from intensive grazing and fire 5.8 African rangelands Grace et al. (2006)
Decrease fire, grazing and cultivation 6.3 African rangelands Lehsten et al. (2009)
Cessation of wildfire 13 African rangelands van der Werf et al. (2006)
Allowing fallow, agro-forestry practice and resting from grazing 0.1–5.3 Sub-Saharan Africa Vagen et al. (2005)
Use of farm yard manure into fields 0.018–0.028 Sudan Farage et al. (2007)
Use of grazed fallow −0.008–0.004 Sudan Farage et al. (2007)
Use of inorganic fertilizer 0.006–0.017 Sudan Farage et al. (2007)
Use of farm yard manure into fields 0.026–0.056 Nigeria Farage et al. (2007)
Use of inorganic fertilizer −0.062 to −0.138 Nigeria Farage et al. (2007)
Use of grazed fallow 0.004–0.01 Nigeria Farage et al. (2007)
Improved grazing 0.35 Sub-Saharan Africa Conant et al. (2001)
Converting cultivated land to pasture 1.01 Sub-Saharan Africa Conant et al. (2001)
Converting native land to pasture 0.35 Sub-Saharan Africa Conant et al. (2001)
  1. The measurements of carbon sequestration capacity are in megagramme of carbon per hectare per year (Mg C ha−1 year−1)