Date archive: May 2013

Blue Carbon reforestation in Costa Rica

Blue Carbon reforestation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica aims to be a carbon neutral country by 2021. Is Blue Carbon a part of the answer? The “Blue Carbon Community” was launched by the Neotrópica Foundation last year. It is a reforestation project that holds around 4000 mangrove trees. It is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the…

Blue Carbon: The Opportunity of Coastal Sinks for Africa

Blue Carbon: The Opportunity of Coastal Sinks for Africa

The “abundance of mangrove forests, seagrasses and tidal marsh ecosystems in Africa” should be considered in countries’ pledges to reduce carbon emissions, says a policy briefing from the South African Institute of International Affairs (Chevallier, 2012). Blue Carbon ecosystems are carbon sinks because they store and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Therefore, Blue Carbon can…

Putting a Price on Blue Carbon

Putting a Price on Blue Carbon

The mangrove forests of Gazi Bay in the Kwale District of Kenya have recently been certified as part of a carbon credit scheme to offset carbon emissions. Dr. Mark Huxham, alongside fellow scientists and volunteers, has been conducting research into the role of mangrove forests as carbon sinks and the effects of mangrove plantation on…

Field Research in the Salt Marshes of Waquoit Bay

Field Research in the Salt Marshes of Waquoit Bay

Bringing Wetlands to Market is a project that looks at the links between salt marshes, climate change, and nitrogen pollution. Led by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR), the project aims to encourage the sustainable management, restoration and preservation of coastal wetlands through improved knowledge of the value of wetland carbon sequestration and…

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