Category archive: Wetlands

Revised guide to supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms

Revised guide to supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms

Coastal wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century with the goal of preserving biodiversity and generating benefits to local communities. A diverse portfolio of financing sources has been used for supporting conservation and restoration activities including philanthropy, multi- and bilateral aid, in-country governmental funding, tourism-related and other usage…

Newly Approved: Global Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

Newly Approved: Global Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

A new methodology to encourage coastal restoration across the globe has been approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration (VM0033) is the first globally applicable greenhouse gas accounting methodology for coastal wetland restoration, and will allow salt marsh, seagrass, mangrove, and other tidal wetland restoration projects to…

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…

NEW MANUAL FOR MEASURING, ASSESSING, AND ANALYZING COASTAL BLUE CARBON

NEW MANUAL FOR MEASURING, ASSESSING, AND ANALYZING COASTAL BLUE CARBON

The International Blue Carbon Initiative is proud to present “Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows”.

Blue carbon projects can work!

Blue carbon projects can work!

Blue carbon projects can work, by using the value of carbon stored and sequestered in coastal and marine ecosystems to support conservation and sustainable management, a new report shows. The report, published by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), aims to stimulate discussion regarding projects that support the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems…

Landmark study demonstrates climate benefits of estuary restoration

Landmark study demonstrates climate benefits of estuary restoration

A study has confirmed the climate mitigation benefits of restoring tidal wetland habitat. This study was done by Restore America’s Estuaries in Snohomish Estuary, located within the nation’s second largest estuary: Puget Sound. It also provides a much needed approach for assessing carbon fluxes for historic drained and future restored wetlands which can now be…

Will Global Sea-Level Rise Deplete Blue Carbon Stocks?

Will Global Sea-Level Rise Deplete Blue Carbon Stocks?

The impacts and associated costs of sea-level rise in coastal wetlands should be cause for concern according to a recent report from the World Bank. A rise of 1 metre in global sea-level could seriously alter the distribution of wetlands that exists today, changing the face of coastlines around the world. Sea level rise will…

New Coastal Carbon Cluster

New Coastal Carbon Cluster

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has joined forces with a number of different universities to launch the CSIRO Marine and Coastal Biogeochemistry Carbon Cluster (Coastal Carbon Cluster). The Coastal Carbon Cluster is a $3 million research project that aims to understand the processes behind the storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in Australia’s…

What factors determine wetland carbon stocks?

What factors determine wetland carbon stocks?

Research into the ‘Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean’ has revealed the role of different environmental factors in determining the amount of carbon stored per unit area for mangroves and coastal marshes. In a landmark study, Adame et al. (2013) measured whole-ecosystem carbon stocks at nine sites…

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…

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