Category archive: Policy

Coastal carbon included in White House plan

Coastal carbon included in White House plan

In the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan, just released by the White House, carbon capture and storage is included as one of the important services coastal ecosystems provide.

New Video Released from the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project

New Video Released from the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project

The latest video as part of the extensive communications and outreach strategy of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration project has just been released on Vimeo.com.

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project wraps up with strong recommendations

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project wraps up with strong recommendations

After one year of intense work, field missions across the Emirate and fruitful consultation with a broad range of wonderfully supportive stakeholders, the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project comes to a close. Scientific assessments have been produced that signifiatly enhance the understanding of Blue Carbon ecosystems’ contribution to the well-being of Abu Dhabi and it’s residents. Experts studied the geographic extent and carbon content of mangroves, salt marsh, seagrass, algal mats and sabkha, the other Ecosystem Services their provide, and which policy options and financial mechanisms would be most viable to support their conservation.

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…

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…

Blue Carbon highlighted by UNEP and IUCN

Blue Carbon highlighted by UNEP and IUCN

Supporting Canada’s Coasts Can Benefit Climate and EconomyRestoring Drained Marshes Will Provide Ecosystem Services Worth Over $14,500 per hectare, says ResearchMontreal/ Nairobi, 03 May 2012 – Reversing the degradation of coastal ecosystems in Ca…

Mangrove carbon and shrimp farming in the news again

WWF faces criticism over their shrimp farming policy -“The conversion of mangroves and coastal zones into ponds for shrimp cultivation… releases massive quantities of carbon, thus contributing to climate change.”Alfredo Quarto, Executive Director of…

Blue Carbon side event at Rio+20

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Conservation International, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Ecuador are organizing a Blue Carbon side event at Rio +20. The event will discuss an…

Melanesia Blue Carbon Initiative Called For

Melanesia Blue Carbon Initiative Called For

Melanesian Leaders calls for a Blue Carbon Initiative  The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) consisting of Fiji,  FLNKS, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, recently signed the “MSG Leaders Declaration on Environment & Climate C…

Stockholm Environment Institute supports Blue Carbon

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) supports Blue Carbon -Research findings from a study led by marine experts at the Stockholm Environment Institute suggests that measures to cut and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions must be taken in order to reduce…

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