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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?

Original Article from voices.nationalgeographic.com Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?. The last time you heard from us at Blue Ventures, my colleague Garth Cripps was talking about shark fishing on Madagascar’s west coast.  Here Dr. Trevor Jones, our Blue Carbon Science guru, talks about his favorite coastal ecosystem, mangrove forests, and some of the ways…

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Sylvia Earle honored as a UNEP “Champion of the Earth” for Lifetime Leadership

Original Story : http://mission-blue.org/2014/11/sylvia-earle-honored-as-a-unep-champion-of-the-earth-for-lifetime-leadership/ Wednesday night in Washington, DC, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) honored eight environmental stewards as “Champions of the Earth!” As the United Nations’ most prestigious award for the environment, the Champions of the Earth award is celebrating its tenth year of highlighting the outstanding contributions of policy makers, innovators and advocates “to our…

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Handover of the Fresh and Salty report to Pak Heru (Head off REDD+ Indonesia)

Wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century, and governments, international actors (NGOs and academia) and local communities around the world are now increasingly engaging in wetland restoration or avoiding wetland degradation activities for climate change mitigation. Yet despite the rapidly growing attention on wetland activities for climate mitigation,…

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Canadian photographer caught in poo-storm from giant sperm whale

This story relates to The Ocean can Help Meet the Climate Change Challenge, finds new Report Additional information: Download the report here:  Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services (1243 downloads) The Ebook version is available here: https://cld.bz/LdEfcuu#12 Original Story http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/2015/01/22/photos-canadian-photographer-caught-in-giant-whale-poo-storm/ It’s a poo-nado, a poo-nami, or just a poo-storm. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a rare underwater…

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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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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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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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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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