National Blue Carbon Policy Assessment, United Arab Emirates: Summary

Much work has been done on advancing and implementing conservation efforts in blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, seagrasses and saltmarshes) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the Abu Dhabi GLoval Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in partnership with Emirate Municipalities. Blue carbon…

Addressing destructive practices: Dynamite fishing in Tanzania

Today we feature another article from our partner in SAIIA, Romy Chevallier, on the destructive practices of dynamite fishing in Tanzania. Tanzania is home to an extensive network of coral reefs whose biodiversity and beauty support major artisanal and commercial fishing and tourism industries.  Roughly two-thirds of the country’s 1400 km coastline harbours fringing and patch…

Blue Forests at World Conservation Congress 2016

Today we feature a joint piece from our partners, Dorothee Herr from IUCN, Montserrat Alban from Conservation International in Ecuador, and Leah Glass from Blue Ventures, on the World Conservation Congress which took place in Hawaii from 1st till 10th of September. Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress helps shape the direction…

Blue Carbon Workshop Offsetting

Mikoko Pamoja, a co-finance project of the Blue Forests Project recently provided community based mangrove carbon offsetting for the travel and organization of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4). Mikoko Pamoja is being replicated and up-scaled in Kenya at Vanga Bay through the Blue Forests Project. Given the scope and severity of climate change, and…

Ecuador: Mangrove Week events raise awareness for a threatened ecosystem

Cover photo: One of the winning photos: credit © Andrés Macas. This week we feature a update from our project partner in Conservation International Ecuador, Belén Vallejo, Communication Coordinator. Given the importance of mangroves for sustainable development and particularly for CI Ecuador’s work, July 26 — recently proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO as the new International Day for…

Getting the full picture

This is an update from our project partner in IUCN, Dorothee Herr. “For the last few months IUCN has focused on assessing the Small Scale Initiative’s (SSI) policy situation. While I was on maternity leave, fantastic colleagues have steadily researched and analysed the legal, policy, market and institutional conditions of Madagascar, Ecuador, Mozambique, Indonesia and…

The Atlas of Ocean Wealth / The Nature Conservancy

The “Atlas of ocean wealth”, published in June 2016 by The Nature Conservancy, maps the benefices of all ocean ecosystems which provide vital resources; “from fish production to tourism, water purification to coastal protection”. This atlas illustrates all these services in order to develop and improve management, economics and financing of marine resources. Atlas of Ocean…

Mangroves, sources of ecosystem services

A recent study undertaken in six pristine mangrove tidal creeks on Australian coastline has highlighted the possible link between mangroves forests and their roles to drive and buffer the coastal acidification. Are mangroves drivers or buffers of coastal acidification? According to the article, published in the Global Biogeochemical cycles last May 16 “the effect of the dissolved…