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…

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…

Coastal nature-based solutions at COP 21

This year the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was expected with high anticipation. Many had worked for years towards developing a “climate deal” to be sealed in Paris. But every international treaty is only as good as its implementation. Real, on-the-ground and verifiable examples are…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

NOAA Current Blue Carbon Projects

Tampa Bay Project Partnering with NOAA, the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is working on a blue carbon assessment of the Tampa Bay estuary in Florida. The assessment is an important part of a strategic effort by RAE and the Environmental Science Associates (ESA)…

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…

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…

Blue carbon in the UAE

Blue carbon acts as mitigator of climate change Mangrove tree process will limit atmospheric rises in temperature, experts say By Nada AlTaher, Staff Reporter, Published: 19:45 March 17, 2013 View from the Eastern Mangroves hotel apartments on the eastern ring road in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and…

New Website Puts Spotlight on Blue Carbon

Plans for the new Blue Carbon Portal include the potential incorporation of Blue Climate Solutions’ Blue Carbon Blog (this blog) – – – ___________ New Website Puts Spotlight on Blue Carbon Information Portal Showcases Climate and Sustainable Development Role of Coastal Ecosystem   Mangroves forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs can be connected to each…

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.…