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Report outlines the importance of assessing the value of wetlands

Report outlines the importance of assessing the value of wetlands

A recent report produced for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11) calls for the valuation of ecosystem services which are provided by wetlands. These services include the mitigation of coastal erosion, carbon sequestration, coastline storm protection and the provision of food security via fisheries. The…

Science for Environment Policy: Seagrass decline releasing large quantities of carbon

Science for Environment Policy: Seagrass decline releasing large quantities of carbon

Grasses growing at the bottom of our oceans lock away large quantities of ‘blue carbon’, according to a new study. The results suggest that the soil that seagrass grows on is capable of storing more carbon than soils on land and as a result of the current global decline in seagrass, vast stores of carbon may be being released into the ocean and atmosphere.

Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt. 2

Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt. 2

This is part 2 of our three-volume featured series about Blue Ventures’ blue carbon activities in Madagascar.

Fish Carbon

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.

Counterpart International hosts Blue Carbon Conference in Washington, D.C.

Counterpart International hosts Blue Carbon Conference in Washington, D.C.

A blue carbon conference, hosted by Counterpart International, will take place at Washington D.C. tomorrow, Friday 12th, 2012.

Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt 1.

Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt 1.

It is my great pleasure to introduce the first part of a three volume-series about Blue (ad)Ventures in Madagascar! Blue Ventures has kindly provided us with a set of great stories that happened earlier this year, written by Trevor Jones. Over the next few weeks we plan on featuring these stories to give the blue…

VCS approves Wetland Restoration

VCS approves Wetland Restoration

A Restore America Estuaries-led (RAE) initiative aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities for coastal wetlands got final approval under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) today, paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits.  Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Approves Wetland Restoration and…

Mangroves for Coastal Protection

Mangroves for Coastal Protection

At the recent World Conservation Congress in South Korea, IUCN Director General  Julia Marton-Lefevre discussed Mangroves as a inexpensive alternative to artificial coastal protection. According to the IUCN, we cannot beat the natural coastal prot…

Salt Marsh Carbon Slows Climate Warming

Salt Marsh Carbon Slows Climate Warming

Salt Marsh Carbon May Play Role in Slowing Climate Warming ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2012) — A warming climate and rising seas will enable salt marshes to more rapidly capture and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, possibly playing a role in s…

Blue Carbon Portal

Blue Carbon Portal

Blue Carbon Portal Provides Home for International Blue Carbon Community20 September 2012 / GRID-Arendal / Arendal, Norway GRID-Arendal and Blue Climate Solutions today unveiled the redesigned ‘Blue Carbon Portal’, the world’s premier comprehens…

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