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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Mangrove carbon in Quatar and at the UNFCCC

Qatar’s mangroves: why they matter to climate change 8 Dec 2012 / BY Kate Evans Mangroves are one of the few plants that can withstand Qatar’s harsh desert conditions. Neil Palmer (CIAT). DOHA, Qatar (8 December, 2012) – Indonesian scientist Daniel Murdiyarso and Lebanese scientist Mohamad Khawlie are spending the morning hopping over muddy streams, tasting…

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Blue Carbon Policy Action Plan

First Action Plan For World’s Blue Carbon Policy Wednesday, 7 December 2011, Press Release: IUCN Durban, South Africa, 6 December 2011 – The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has…

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Dr. Chandra Silori on mangrove carbon

Review of mangroves as blue carbon sink – – – ___________ Mangroves under Pressure: Forgotten Wetlands in the Changing Climate Dr. Chandra Silori tells us why mangroves need to receive more attention in international climate change negotiations, laying out the many benefits provided by these “blue carbon sinks.” Mangrove forests in Pred Nai, Trat province, Thailand.…

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Blue Carbon – Opportunities for the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

A good status review for blue carbon is included in a UNEP report titled ‘Blue Carbon – Opportunities for the  Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans’. The report was released for the 14th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans Nairobi, Kenya 1st – 3rd October 2012, and can be found through…

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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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