A blue carbon conference, hosted by Counterpart International, will take place at Washington D.C. tomorrow, Friday 12th, 2012.
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 will host a conference on Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C., to release preliminary findings of a major study on “blue carbon” in the Dominican Republic, as well as a discussion linking the need to engage coastal communities in the climate change process. It is open to the public. www.Counterpart.org
Distinguished ecologist and professor from Oregon State University Dr. Boone Kauffman will present the preliminary findings based on a recent research trip to the Dominican Republic. Kauffman is the author of newly approved market standards for blue carbon, which will open the door for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits.
“His findings, along with the work of Counterpart and its partners, could pave the way for making Blue Carbon sequestration a powerful tool for reducing climate change, supporting sustainable coastal communities and protecting coastal ecosystems,” says Joan Parker, Ph.D., President and CEO of the nonprofit Counterpart. www.Counterpart.org
Blue carbon is a natural process by which marine plants capture carbon emissions from the atmosphere and store it for millennia in the sediment. Though mangroves and sea grasses are among the most carbon-rich sites in the world, they are also some of the fastest disappearing ecosystems on the planet.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 12
TIME: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St, NW, Washington, D.C.
INFORMATION: Registration is required. Please contact Lauren Oschman, loschman (at) counterpart.org Tel. (703) 236-1200
This article was written by Sven Stadtmann
M.Sc International Nature Conservation student at the University of Göttingen, Germany and Lincoln University, New Zealand. I am especially interested in the development of conservation strategies for coastal/marine environments and incorporating local communities or companies into conservation planning. Being an experienced field worker, I learned special skills in ornithology and geographic information systems (ArcGIS), as well as working in seriously conflictive environments in Europe and New Zealand.