Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Original article: http://www.iucn.org/?18718/Oceancarbonreport Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric…

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Keep it Fresh or Salty: An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects

Wetlands International, Conservation International and IUCN have together produced the publication Keep it Fresh or Salty: An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects. The report provides guidance for program and project developers from, or working in, developing countries on the numerous funds and finance mechanisms that can provide carbon finance for wetland carbon conservation…

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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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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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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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The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services

Great article from Scientific American highlighting salt marsh ecosystem services including carbon sequestration – – – _________________ The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services By Paige Brown | March 12, 2013 | Scientific American Healthy salt marsh creeks at Plum Island Estuary, Massachusetts, are lined with lush, smooth cordgrass. The plant’s below-ground roots and…

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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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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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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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