Intervention site in Madagascar benefited from expert’s visit

Earlier this year, the Madagascar intervention site hosted none other than the famous Prof. J. Boone Kauffman, who’s also a member of the Blue Forests Carbon Science Advisory Panel. Boone visited us to help us refine our field protocols and provide advice on how we measure the amount of carbon lost from mangrove sediments following deforestation…

News from Charles Darwin University: Assessment of GHG flux from degraded seagrass and mangrove ecosystems

Researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) are currently finalising field methodologies necessary to undertake a comparative assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) flux from degraded seagrass and mangrove ecosystems in Trang Province, Thailand. The research design involves utilising a photoacoustic gas monitor (an INNOVA 1412) capable of simultaneously measuring the concentration of 5 gases (plus…

Blue Carbon at COP21

‘Blue carbon’ continues to herald nature-based solutions to climate change through recent recognition in policy and management and will be profiled at a number of events during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties in Paris, France 30 Nov – 11 Dec 2015 (COP 21). These are detailed through the following list…

Newly Approved: Global Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

A new methodology to encourage coastal restoration across the globe has been approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration (VM0033) is the first globally applicable greenhouse gas accounting methodology for coastal wetland restoration, and will allow salt marsh, seagrass, mangrove, and other tidal wetland restoration projects to…

Request for Proposals for Blue Carbon Seagrass Mapping in Canada and the United States

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants related to the improvement of mapping and geospatial data for seagrass ecosystems, specifically targeting areas of high priority for acquiring new data in Canada and the United States, as part of an effort to develop approaches to conserve and restore blue carbon ecosystems…

SAIIA’s efforts to improve the governance and management of Africa’s coastal areas and oceans

SAIIA’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) works to improve policies governing Africa’s abundant natural resources. The programme analyses the key local, continental and global trends influencing the management, use, development and regulation of Africa’s natural resources. Some of GARP’s past research work has focused on the governance of Mozambique’s coastal zone, with a case…

Protecting our planet’s “lifeblood” — GRID-Arendal joins new Blue Guardians Partnership

Understanding how climate change affects the oceans is key to the future of Small Island Developing States. Arendal, Norway, 1 October 2015 — A new international initiative called Blue Guardians was recently launched by Former U.S. President Clinton to help address the urgent need for action against climate change, including recognizing the role of oceans…

Blue Carbon Science Toolkit to provide information on carbon content of coastal ecosystems

Five Masters of Environmental Management students at Duke University have partnered with LabEx Mer to create a Blue Carbon Science Toolkit. The goal of the toolkit is to provide resource managers with key information on how to estimate carbon content of coastal ecosystems and essential understanding of carbon markets through an open access platform. Over…

NOAA Current Blue Carbon Projects

Tampa Bay Project Partnering with NOAA, the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is working on a blue carbon assessment of the Tampa Bay estuary in Florida. The assessment is an important part of a strategic effort by RAE and the Environmental Science Associates (ESA)…

AGEDI’s Blue Carbon initiative in the United Arab Emirates

  November 2012 marked a significant milestone for the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) with the initiation of the one-year long Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project. With the vision and direction from His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the environment has become an intrinsic part of the heritage…

Financing mechanisms and multiple benefits of coastal ecosystem regeneration identified as key to government integration of blue carbon policies

Identifying ways of factoring the climate change mitigation role of coastal ecosystems into policy making has been the focus of an international workshop held 23-25 June in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Around 50 participants from around the world joined the discussion in Guayaquil, either in person or remotely and shared lessons learnt from national and project level…

Blue Forests advanced at the Norwegian Parliament

Late last year, GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) founded a new Norwegian initiative to strengthen and share national competence on ‘blue forest’ habitats. The network is now engaging and educating Norwegian stakeholders on the importance of blue forests. The Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN) aims…

UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal…