Category archive: Ecosystem services and values

Keep it Fresh or Salty: An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects

Keep it Fresh or Salty: An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects

Wetlands International, Conservation International and IUCN have together produced the publication Keep it Fresh or Salty: An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects. The report provides guidance for program and project developers from, or working in, developing countries on the numerous funds and finance mechanisms that can provide carbon finance for wetland carbon conservation…

“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

“Blue Carbon” and “Blue REDD”: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Original Story  (*) “Marine and coastal territories” is used here to refer to territories that include mangrove forests and their area of influence, seagrass meadows and intertidal saltmarshes. The communities that depend on mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems for survival live in and around these territories. 1.- What is a “Blue Carbon” project? Finding…

High-seas carbon worth US$148 billion

High-seas carbon worth US$148 billion

A new study by the Global Ocean Commission describes the major ways in which the ocean stores and fixes carbon away from the atmosphere and estimates carbon capture and storage by the high-seas, including ‘fish carbon’, is valued at US$148 billion. The High Seas and US: Understanding the Value of High-seas Ecosystems (Rogers, A.D., et…

Seagrass ecosystem services in Indonesia

Seagrass ecosystem services in Indonesia

Blue carbon related ecosystem services and values in Indonesia; seagrass meadows are critical for national food security and important fisheries exports – Article from World Fishing: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/seagrass-conservation-in-indonesia-protects-fisheries Seagrass conservation in Indonesia protects fisheries 03 Apr 2014 Research by Swansea University and partners shows that protecting seagrass meadows throughout Indonesia is critical for national food security…

What’s an Acre of Seagrass Worth?

What’s an Acre of Seagrass Worth?

Article on the valuation of seagrass ecosystem services from National Geographic’s Ocean Views blog: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/31/whatsanacreofseagrassworth/ What’s an Acre of Seagrass Worth? $80,000 in Fish Alone   By Philine zu Ermgassen, postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University and Dr. Mark Spalding, senior scientist with The Nature Conservancy For decades, dire tales of collapsing fish stocks were told, only…

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