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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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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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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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 usage…

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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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Blue Carbon at COP21

‘Blue carbon’ continues to herald nature-based solutions to climate change through recent recognition in policy and management and will be profiled at a number of events during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties in Paris, France 30 Nov – 11 Dec 2015 (COP 21). These are detailed through the following list…

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Newly Approved: Global Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

A new methodology to encourage coastal restoration across the globe has been approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration (VM0033) is the first globally applicable greenhouse gas accounting methodology for coastal wetland restoration, and will allow salt marsh, seagrass, mangrove, and other tidal wetland restoration projects to…

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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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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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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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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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