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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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…

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Blue Forests Mozambique – a small-scale intervention in the Zambezi delta

At a regional level, the Zambezi delta has the largest continuous mangrove area of coastal east Africa. The high potential of carbon storage and sequestration of these coastal forests is revealing a good premise for REDD+ projects in Mozambique. Mangrove forests in the Zambezi delta are located in remote areas with extremely difficult access and…

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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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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…

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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…

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Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?

Original Article from voices.nationalgeographic.com Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?. The last time you heard from us at Blue Ventures, my colleague Garth Cripps was talking about shark fishing on Madagascar’s west coast.  Here Dr. Trevor Jones, our Blue Carbon Science guru, talks about his favorite coastal ecosystem, mangrove forests, and some of the ways…

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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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‘Blue Carbon’ project in the UAE

‘Blue Carbon’ project continues to boost ecosystem health March 18, 2013, The Gulf Today ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), last year launched a pioneering “Blue Carbon” project that connects local coastal and marine ecosystem health with climate change mitigation. Early results…

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