Blue Carbon on the Side: List of relevant Side Events at UNFCCC COP22

The concept of ‘blue carbon’ has been widely recognised and accepted as a concept that can potentially assist in nations’ climate change mitigation measures. As in the COP21 in Paris, ‘blue carbon’ will be a key focus for plenty of events during COP22 in Marrakech. See below for a list of events and activities addressing…

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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…

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Blue Forests at World Conservation Congress 2016 (Pt 2)

This week we feature an article from our partner at South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Romy Chevallier, on the IUCN World Conservation Congress which took place earlier this month. The World Conservation Congress (WCC), one of the world’s largest environmental gatherings, convened under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature…

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Blue Forests mascots: The red swamp crab from Ecuador

Ucides Occidentalis: A treasure hidden beneath Ecuador’s mangrove mud. Today we have feature article from Belen Vallejo, from Conservation International in Ecuador, on the red swamp cramp. Have you ever wondered why this ten-footed crustacean, lives inside the mangrove’s mud? Here´s why. This is a vegetarian specie that feeds with leaves and tiny pieces of…

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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…

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Blue Forests Mascots: Dugong – The Sea Cow of UAE

Mangroves forests across the globe host myriads of species that live and thrive along the coastal ecosystems. One of them is the dugong. Our project partner in A bu Dhabi, Jane Glavan, tells us more of these magnificent creatures. The forefathers of UAE owed their living to the waters of the Arabian Gulf and it continues…

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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…

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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…

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Blue Carbon Project Zambezi Delta (Mozambique): Pre-Feasibility Assessment

More updates from our project partners in Mozambique: Silvestrum just finalised its pre-feasibility assessment for a blue carbon project in the Zambezi Delta, Mozambique. The assessment was commissioned by WWF Mozambique and formed part of the activities under the framework of the GEF Blue Forests program. Mozambique boasts the largest swaths of mangrove forests in…

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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…

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Mangrove concessions: a tool for conservation with community participation

The expansion of urban areas, the increase in shrimp ponds, pollution of water and soil, were the main causes for the deforestation of mangrove and salt marshes in the past four decades in Ecuador. Reports from 2006 showed a 28% loss of mangrove ecosystem since 1969. For the salt marshes the situation was even more…

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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…

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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…

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Eelgrass Restoration and Habitat Improvement in Elkhart Slough

Coastal and marine ecosystems are under significant threat. Between 2-7% of the earth’s blue carbon sinks are lost annually, and if more action is not taken immediately to restore these vital ecosystems, most may be lost within 20 years. The benefits of seagrass go far beyond blue carbon sequestration and storage capabilities. Seagrasses provide essential…

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The state of Community Based Natural Resource Management in southern Africa: assessing progress and looking ahead.

This research describes the shift that has taken place since the 1990’s in the southern African development-conservation paradigm – from an approach that emphasized centralized management and wildlife protection, to one that better incorporates socio-economic development and promotes inclusive management and sustainable livelihood strategies. With this shift in thinking came the growth of conservation approaches…

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Mangroves generate yellow snappers

A recent study, published by Data Mares, highlights the vital ecosystem service that mangroves provide as productive fish nursery habitat, particularly for yellow snapper in the Gulf of California. Mangroves are snapper generators According to this study, “each year the Gulf’s mangroves exported about 67,000 yellow snapper juveniles, or 2,000 juveniles per km2 of mangrove fringe.”…

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Hot and sweaty work… Installing RSETs in Madagascar!

Thanks to advice and support of Prof. Cath Lovelock, a member of the Blue Forests Carbon Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, the Madagascar intervention recently installed the first mangrove Rod Surface Elevation Tables (RSETs) in Africa. We are using RSETs to work out two key things: to identify the vulnerability of the mangroves at our…

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Revised guide to supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms

This post was originally published on this siteCoastal wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century with the goal of preserving biodiversity and generating benefits to local communities. A diverse portfolio of financing sources has been used for supporting conservation and restoration activities including philanthropy, multi- and bilateral aid,…

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Revised guide to supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms

  Coastal wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century with the goal of preserving biodiversity and generating benefits to local communities. A diverse portfolio of financing sources has been used for supporting conservation and restoration activities including philanthropy, multi- and bilateral aid, in-country governmental funding, tourism-related and other…

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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…

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