MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH COASTAL ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT
The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on mitigating climate change through the conservation and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems. Coastal ecosystems are some of the most productive on Earth. They provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as coastal protection from storms and nursery grounds for fish. We also know that they provide another integral service – sequestering and storing “blue” carbon from the atmosphere and oceans and hence are an essential piece of the solution to global climate change.
NEW REPORT: Coastal Blue Carbon Opportunity Assessment for the Snohomish Estuary: The Climate Benefits of Estuary Restoration
The purpose of this report: (1) inform policy makers of the scale of GHG emissions and removals associated with management of coastal lowlands under conditions of climate change; and (2) identify information needs for future scientific investigation.
NEW PAPER: Operationalizing carbon services in U.S. National Regulation
Can coastal carbon be incorporated into existing the U.S. environmental policy framework?
The degradation of these ecosystems release as much as 1.02 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere and oceans.Credit