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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…

Analysis of Policy Opportunities for Blue Carbon in Canada and Mexico

Analysis of Policy Opportunities for Blue Carbon in Canada and Mexico

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation  (CEC) has two RFPs for Analysis of Policy Opportunities for Blue Carbon in Canada and an Analysis of Policy Opportunities for Blue Carbon in Mexico. Proposals are 15 January 2016.

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…

Request for Proposals for Blue Carbon Seagrass Mapping in Canada and the United States

Request for Proposals for Blue Carbon Seagrass Mapping in Canada and the United States

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants related to the improvement of mapping and geospatial data for seagrass ecosystems, specifically targeting areas of high priority for acquiring new data in Canada and the United States, as part of an effort to develop approaches to conserve and restore blue carbon ecosystems in North America.

Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services

Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services

In answer to the call by the United Nations to provide innovative solutions to address the climate change challenge and prevent global biodiversity loss, a new report has been produced on the potential of marine vertebrates to fill this void. The report, jointly produced by GRID-Arendal, a collaborating center with UNEP, and Blue Climate Solutions,…

Canadian photographer caught in poo-storm from giant sperm whale

Canadian photographer caught in poo-storm from giant sperm whale

This story relates to The Ocean can Help Meet the Climate Change Challenge, finds new Report Additional information: Download the report here:  The Ebook version is available here: https://cld.bz/LdEfcuu#12 Original Story http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/2015/01/22/photos-canadian-photographer-caught-in-giant-whale-poo-storm/ It’s a poo-nado, a poo-nami, or just a poo-storm. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a rare underwater event that most people would do their best to…

Underwater Kelp Forests Mapped In New Citizen Science Project

Underwater Kelp Forests Mapped In New Citizen Science Project

Kelp forests grow along roughly 25 percent of the world’s coastlines and provide valuable habitat and nutrients for many types of aquatic life.

Handover of the Fresh and Salty report to Pak Heru (Head off REDD+ Indonesia)

Handover of the Fresh and Salty report to Pak Heru (Head off REDD+ Indonesia)

Wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century, and governments, international actors (NGOs and academia) and local communities around the world are now increasingly engaging in wetland restoration or avoiding wetland degradation activities for climate change mitigation. Yet despite the rapidly growing attention on wetland activities for climate mitigation,…

Sylvia Earle honored as a UNEP “Champion of the Earth” for Lifetime Leadership

Sylvia Earle honored as a UNEP “Champion of the Earth” for Lifetime Leadership

Original Story : http://mission-blue.org/2014/11/sylvia-earle-honored-as-a-unep-champion-of-the-earth-for-lifetime-leadership/ Wednesday night in Washington, DC, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) honored eight environmental stewards as “Champions of the Earth!” As the United Nations’ most prestigious award for the environment, the Champions of the Earth award is celebrating its tenth year of highlighting the outstanding contributions of policy makers, innovators and advocates “to our…

Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?

Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar:  What are the options?

Original Article from voices.nationalgeographic.com Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?. The last time you heard from us at Blue Ventures, my colleague Garth Cripps was talking about shark fishing on Madagascar’s west coast.  Here Dr. Trevor Jones, our Blue Carbon Science guru, talks about his favorite coastal ecosystem, mangrove forests, and some of the ways…

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