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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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

  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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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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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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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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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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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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Indonesia’s Mangrove Ambassadors Programme

School children in Indonesia learn about are fighting climate change through mangrove conservation – – –  __________  Indonesia’s future generation pledges tourism leaders to fight climate change Theodore Koumelis – 13 March 2013 – traveldailynews School children are the main protagonists of the Mangrove Ambassadors Programme, one of the central elements of the project “Sustainable…

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Management and Conservation of Mangroves Workshop

Mangrove carbon sequestration highlighted in Mexican workshop titled ‘Introduction to the Management and Conservation of Mangroves’ – – – __________ Sunset World Puts Together a Workshop on Mangrove Conservation 36% of the mangroves of Mexico have been changed or replaced. On the Yucatan’s Peninsula, the damage comes also from non-organized tourism and human settlements (Photo:…

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Economic imperative for protecting mangrove ecosystems

Mangrove carbon sequestration highlighted in policy-brief based on the 2nd edition of the World Atlas of Mangroves (2010), including the advancing blue carbon polices – – – ______________  Economic imperative for protecting mangrove ecosystems 27 February 2013 / Tarequl Islam Munna / The Financial Express A partial view of the Sundarbans Experts are urging policymakers…

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Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt. 1

Part 1 of a three-volume featured series about Blue Ventures blue carbon activities in Madagascar. ____________________________ When the going gets tough? The tough keep surveying: Exploring the mangrove forests of NW Madagascar. Blue Ventures | Madagascar, Mar 6th, 2012 | by Trevor Jones  The Blue Forests and Coastal Communities (BFCC) team is currently in transit…

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