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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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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Financing mechanisms and multiple benefits of coastal ecosystem regeneration identified as key to government integration of blue carbon policies

Identifying ways of factoring the climate change mitigation role of coastal ecosystems into policy making has been the focus of an international workshop held 23-25 June in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Around 50 participants from around the world joined the discussion in Guayaquil, either in person or remotely and shared lessons learnt from national and project level…

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Blue Forests Project presented before the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Ecology

On Tuesday, June the 9th, the Blue Forests Project was presented before the French Ministry of Environment and the French Ministry of Foreign affairs. This event followed the celebration of the World Ocean Day, on the 8thand was a seminar organized by the University of West Brittany in Brest (UBO), through its Center for the…

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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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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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