Conference: Blue Carbon in Coastal Community Development

A blue carbon conference, hosted by Counterpart International, will take place at Washington D.C. tomorrow, Friday 12th, 2012. Counterpart International’s Conference on Coastal Community Development ____________________________ Counterpart International | Arlington, USA, Mar 6th, 2012 | story provided by Lauren Oschman Counterpart International to announce climate-related “blue carbon” findings from the Dominican Republic Arlington, Va. — Counterpart International…

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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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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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Ecuador: Mangrove Week events raise awareness for a threatened ecosystem

Cover photo: One of the winning photos: credit © Andrés Macas. This week we feature a update from our project partner in Conservation International Ecuador, Belén Vallejo, Communication Coordinator. Given the importance of mangroves for sustainable development and particularly for CI Ecuador’s work, July 26 — recently proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO as the new International Day for…

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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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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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Fish Carbon

Researchers from VIMS and Rutgers University have published on the potentially significant role fish may play in the marine carbon cycle, through the production of carbon-rich fecal pellets (fish poo) which rapidly sink to the seafloor, sequestering carbon and thereby mitigating climate change on potentially millennial timescales. _____________________________ Study shows small fish can play a…

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Getting the full picture

This is an update from our project partner in IUCN, Dorothee Herr. “For the last few months IUCN has focused on assessing the Small Scale Initiative’s (SSI) policy situation. While I was on maternity leave, fantastic colleagues have steadily researched and analysed the legal, policy, market and institutional conditions of Madagascar, Ecuador, Mozambique, Indonesia and…

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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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Hot and sweaty work……Installing RSETs in Madagascar!

Thanks to advice and support of Prof. Cath Lovelock, a member of the Blue Forests Carbon Science Advisory Panel, the Madagascar intervention recently installed the first mangrove Rod Surface Elevation Tables (RSETs) in Africa. We’re using RSETs to work out two key things: to identify the vulnerability of the mangroves at our northwest pilot site…

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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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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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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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