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…

Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Allowing farmland that’s been reclaimed from the sea to flood and turn back into salt marsh could make it absorb lots of carbon from the atmosphere, a new study suggests, though the transformation will take many years to complete.

Scientists looked at one of the oldest such places in the UK, Tollesbury in Essex. Originally a salt marsh, the site was claimed for farming in the late 18th century, but eventually relinquished in 1995 when the bank separating it from the sea was deliberately breached. Since then it’s been reverting to its natural state, though this is very slow process.

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…

Seagrass: The Renaissance meadow of the ocean

Seagrass: The Renaissance meadow of the ocean

Seagrass meadows are one of the World’s most productive ecosystems yet it is often overlooked and the current destruction rate is four times faster than that of rainforests. Like a Renaissance man of the ocean, seagrasses provide food, habitat and nurseries for many different species of fish, shellfish and invertebrates. A single acre of seagrass…

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.

Landmark study shows the true value of Madagascar’s mangroves

Landmark study shows the true value of Madagascar’s mangroves

This new research presents the first carbon stock estimates of a mangrove ecosystem in Madagascar. The study, funded by grants from Western Indian Ocean Marine Association and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, assessed both above and below ground carbon stock, hence supporting the growing body of evidence showing that mangroves are among…

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.

Request for Proposals for Map Compilation of Blue Carbon Habitats in North America

Request for Proposals for Map Compilation of Blue Carbon Habitats in North America

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants to compile data and existing maps and create new maps where possible, for coastal vegetated habitats (“blue carbon habitats”) in North America.

The upscale of Mikoko Pamoja

The upscale of Mikoko Pamoja

Mikoko Pamoja which means “mangroves together,” is thought to be one of the first community run project of its kind in the world. Its aim was to generate and sell carbon credits to companies and individuals looking to improve their green credentials. This was made possible under the framework ‘Plan Vivo Standard’ which supports communities…

THE CENTRAL AFRICA MANGROVE AND REDD+ WORKSHOP

THE CENTRAL AFRICA MANGROVE AND REDD+ WORKSHOP

UNEP, the University of Douala and Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS) jointly organized a workshop on the 4thand5thof December, 2013 at the Institut des Sciences Halieutiques of the University of Douala, Cameroon. The workshop was a follow-up event after the successful completion for a study on “Assessment of carbon pools and multiple benefits of mangrove…

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