Wetland Carbon Credits Approved Under VCS

An Restore America Estuaries-led (RAE) initiative aimed at creating  greenhouse gas offset opportunities for coastal wetlands received approval under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) today, paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits. ____________________________ 
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Upscaling Mikoko Pamoja: A small scale mangrove carbon offset project in Kenya

  The Blue Forests Project is working with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in upscaling the activities of Mikoko Pamoja in Vanga at the south coast of Kenya. Mikoko Pamoja is a small-scale carbon offset facility involving mangroves. Started in 2013 at Gazi bay, Mikoko Pamoja is validated by Plan Vivo Standards to…

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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…

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Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Original article: http://www.iucn.org/?18718/Oceancarbonreport Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric…

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TOF Blue Carbon Initiatives

The Ocean Foundation (TOF) is currently involved in a number of blue carbon initiatives, the focus of which is our Blue Carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow!   SeaGrass Grow! is an innovative carbon offset program that protects and restores seagrass habitats by providing voluntary opportunities to offset greenhouse gas emissions through “blue carbon” habitat restoration.…

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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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The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services

Great article from Scientific American highlighting salt marsh ecosystem services including carbon sequestration – – – _________________ The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services By Paige Brown | March 12, 2013 | Scientific American Healthy salt marsh creeks at Plum Island Estuary, Massachusetts, are lined with lush, smooth cordgrass. The plant’s below-ground roots and…

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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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Sylvia Earle honored as a UNEP “Champion of the Earth” for Lifetime Leadership

Original Story : http://mission-blue.org/2014/11/sylvia-earle-honored-as-a-unep-champion-of-the-earth-for-lifetime-leadership/ Wednesday night in Washington, DC, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) honored eight environmental stewards as “Champions of the Earth!” As the United Nations’ most prestigious award for the environment, the Champions of the Earth award is celebrating its tenth year of highlighting the outstanding contributions of policy makers, innovators and advocates “to our…

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Seagrass Role in Carbon Sequestration

Seagrass Role in Carbon Sequestration  Nov 21, 2012 › Seagrass Recovery  Recent studies have emphasized that conserving and restoring seagrass meadows may reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon stores.5,17Seagrasses occur over a wide distribution range along the shores of every continent, except Antarctica, to maximum depths down to 50 meters, depending on water clarity.8…

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Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Salt marshes that have been previously turned into farmland could be restored and their ability to absorb carbon  from the atmosphere resume (http://www.greenoptimistic.com). Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits March 18, 2013 by Tom Marshall Allowing farmland that’s been reclaimed from the sea to flood and turn back into salt marsh could make it…

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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…

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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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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 usage…

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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…

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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…

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Norwegian Competence Network on Blue Forests Established

Norwegian Competence Network on Blue Forests Established The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), GRID-Arendal and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) have become the pioneering founders of a new Norwegian initiative to strengthen and share national competence on ‘blue forest’ habitats. These institutions are the first to join the Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN),…

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