Date archive: April 2013

Question Your Shrimp

Question Your Shrimp

The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) are leading a campaign called Question Your Shrimp. A video, now featured in the video library of the bluecarbonportal.org, documents the deforestation of Mangroves that is driven by shrimp farming. Question Your Shrimp is building a network of chefs, restaurants, retailers and consumers who pledge not to buy or sell…

Blue Carbon Protects Properties

Blue Carbon Protects Properties

Coastal marshes have a vital role to play in the protection of properties from storm surges along the Gulf Coast of the United States. In a recent article, Barbier et al. (2013) report the findings of an investigation into the role of coastal wetlands in protecting Southeast Louisiana from hurricane storm surges. Hurricane storm surges…

Optimising and managing coastal carbon

Optimising and managing coastal carbon

The report summarises the ability of Australia’s coastal wetland ecosystems, particularly mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass to capture and store carbon. Coastal carbon capture and storage was compared with carbon capture of Australia’s terrestrial ecosystems, including native forests grasslands, croplands, freshwater wetlands and agricultural land use.

Video of Carbon Stock Assessment in Indonesia’s Mangroves

Video of Carbon Stock Assessment in Indonesia’s Mangroves

A new video follows scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Indonesia’s Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) as they conduct fieldwork for carbon stock assessment in the mangroves of West Kalimantan. ‘Dirty Science: Excavating the truth about mangroves and carbon’ reveals the challenging environment in which scientists must work if the…

Carbon Stock Assesment Work in Madagascar’s Mangroves

Carbon Stock Assesment Work in Madagascar’s Mangroves

A recent entry in the Blue Ventures field diary by Zo Andriamahenina, a Blue Forests Research Assistant, describes the experience of carbon stock assessment work the mangrove forests of Madagascar. The blog, which can be found here, asks ‘Life in the mangrove forest: What happens exactly?‘: “My first time working in the mangrove forest was…

The Blue Carbon Legal Landscape

The Blue Carbon Legal Landscape

A Blue Carbon project implemented by the Centre for Law and Environment, University College London is examining the legal implications of managing Blue Carbon ecosystems. The full title of the research project, led by Ben Milligan, is “Binding blue carbon: developing global legal and policy responses to an emerging risk of climate change”. Blue Carbon…

Unlocking coastal B.C.’s blue carbon opportunities

Unlocking coastal B.C.’s blue carbon opportunities

We had a cool windy day up on the Comox estuary with our great friends at Project Watershed as we signed a three way Memorandum of Understanding between ourselves (VIU), Project Watershed and the BC Government (via, Ministry of Environment and the Climate Action Secretariat to work together to investigate “Blue Carbon” and its role of estuaries in sequestering carbon.

Profiles in Blue Carbon Field Work

Profiles in Blue Carbon Field Work

A recent report entitled ‘Profiles in Blue Carbon Field Work’ (2013) provides a useful synopsis of Blue Carbon field projects taking place around the world. 28 projects are profiled out of a total of 34 projects that were identified and surveyed. The author, Allison Bredbenner, stresses that the list does not represent a complete inventory…

Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues

Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues

The case for protecting and conserving seagrass has been put to music for the first time. The Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues relays an important message in a novel and entertaining way. Set against a backdrop of an acoustic guitar, the singer outlines the benefits of seagrass, including the sequestration and storage of carbon, and the provision of habitat…

New Blue Carbon Initiative

New Blue Carbon Initiative

A new website for the International Blue Carbon Initiative has been launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), Conservation International (CI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The International Blue Carbon Initiative is working to promote the role of Blue Carbon as a mitigator of climate…

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