Terms of Use

Welcome to our Website at www.thebluecarboninitiative.org.  Your use of this Web site, including the content, materials and information available on or through this Web site (together, the “Materials”), is governed by these Terms of Use (these “Terms”).  By accessing and continuing to use this Web site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Terms, which constitute a legal agreement (“Agreement”) between you and Conservation International (“CI”), who manages the Blue Carbon Initiative’s website.

Amendments to these Terms will be posted at this URL and will be effective when posted. Your continued use of this Web site following the posting of any amendment, modification or change shall constitute your acceptance thereof.

If you have any questions regarding the Terms please contact the Blue Carbon Initiative atthebluecarboninitiative@conservation.org.

1. Access to Web Site and Restricted Area

You can browse this Web site without registering. However, certain additional Materials (“Restricted Materials”) available on this Web site may be accessible to you only if you have been provided with the password (“Password User”). Any personally identifiable information provided in connection with obtaining such password will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You, as a Password User, are solely responsible for (1) maintaining the confidentiality of the password and (2) all activities that occur by users of the password. The Password User shall immediately notify CI of any loss or theft of the password, or if the confidentiality of the password has otherwise been compromised in any way. CI will not be responsible or liable for any loss, expense or damage arising in any way from use of the password and/or the accessing of Restricted Materials therewith. CI reserves the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Restricted Area, in the event that you provide any information that is inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or CI has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete.

2. Use and Submission of Materials/Restricted Materials; User Conduct

Use of Materials

The Materials contained on this Web site are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and of other countries. Unless indicated otherwise on the Materials, we ask that you contact us at thebluecarboninitiative@conservation.org for permission for any reproduction, modification, or distribution of such Materials. Any unauthorized use of the Materials appearing on this Web site may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.

Use of Restricted Materials

The Restricted Materials contained in the Restricted Area include materials such as unpublished data/papers/information. . Such Restricted Materials are owned by the respective copyright owner(s) and are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and of other countries. The Restricted Materials are deemed confidential information by its authors and you may use and download Restricted Materials only in accordance with the usage instructions/restrictions as indicated in the Restricted Materials by the respective copyright owner. Redistribution and retransmissions outside of the BLUE Carbon Initiative Working Groups, republication, reproduction and/or commercial exploitation of Restricted Materials are expressly prohibited, except as specifically authorized by the  respective copyright owners.  Specifically, you may NOT use any Restricted Materials in presentations or reports or in any other manner that would result in the Restricted Materials becoming publicly available without prior written authorization by the respective copyright owner. Authorizations may be sought by contacting the Blue Carbon Initiative atthebluecarboninitiative@conservation.org or at an address indicated in the Respective Restricted Material. Any unauthorized use of the Restricted Materials may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.

Submission of Materials/Restricted Materials

You agree not to submit any Materials or Restricted Materials to CI for posting on this Web Site that you do not have the right to post or use, for example, under intellectual property, confidentiality, privacy or other applicable laws. By submitting Materials/Restricted Materials to the Blue Carbon Initiative for posting on this Web Site, you agree to (i) inform CI whether such Materials are to be posted on the Restricted Area or generally accessible area of this Web Site, (ii) to incorporate specific usage instructions/restrictions (addressed to users of this Web Site) in any Restricted Materials prior to submission, and (iii) to grant CI a royalty free, world-wide license to use, reproduce, publish and distribute such (a) Materials on the generally accessible area of this Web Site, or (b) Restricted Materials on the Restricted Area of this Web Site.

Responsibility for Materials/Restricted Materials

You understand that all Materials/Restricted Materials are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Materials/Restricted Materials originated. This includes assertions that persons may make, expressly or impliedly, about the provenance and ownership of Materials/Restricted Materials that they submit. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT CI DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ABOUT THE ACCURACY, INTEGRITY OR QUALITY OF THE MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS CI LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR ANY MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: ANY INFRINGING MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS, OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS POSTED, TRANSMITTED TO, LINKED TO OR OTHERWISE ACCESSIBLE OR MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE WEB SITE. Posting of the Materials/Restricted Materials on this Web Site does not constitute an endorsement of any projects or programs addressed in such Materials/Restricted Materials by the Blue Carbon Initiative and its members.

No Spam

You agree not to use the email function of this Web Site or published contact details to transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized solicitation or advertising to participants of the Blue Carbon Initiative who provided permission to publish their contact details on this Web Site.

3. Links

This Web site contains links to third party Websites (“Linked Web Sites”) not under the control of CI and CI is not responsible for their content or links contained in such Linked Web Sites. The Linked Web Sites are for your convenience only and may be accessed by you only at your own risk.CI requests that it be notified prior to the establishment of a link from any external Web site to www.thebluecarboninitiative.org or any affiliated CI Web site. Please send such notifications to thebluecarboninitiative@conservation.org.

4. Privacy

We respect your privacy and agree to use your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Policy, which is hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms of Use.

5. Disclaimer of Warranties

ALL MATERIALS AND RESTRICTED MATERIALS ON THIS WEB SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”. CI AND THE RESPECTIVE AUTHORS OF THE MATERIALS/RESTRICTED MATERIALS MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE USE OF THE MATERIALS AND RESTRICTED MATERIALS APPEARING ON THIS SITE WITH REGARD TO THEIR CORRECTNESS, RELIABILITY, ACCURACY, OR OTHERWISE. CI EXPRESSLY disclaims any and all warranties of any kind, including but not limited to implied, express or statutory warranties as to non-infringement of intellectual property rights, or third party rights, title, latent defects, uninterrupted service, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer viruses.

6. Disclaimer of Liability

IN no event SHALL CI, ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, NOR THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE BLUE CARBON INITIATIVE be liable to you for any damages, including without limitation, direct or indirect, special incidental, moral or consequential damages, loss of profits, opportunities or information or for expenses arising in connection with your use of THIS WEB SITE OR ITS MATERIALS/ESTRICTED MATERIALS, even if CI HAS BEEN advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

7. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold CI harmless against any claim for damages, losses or any costs, including attorneys’ fees, arising from or related to your use of this Web Site or the Materials/Restricted Materials.

8. Entire Agreement

These Terms represent the entire agreement between you and CI with respect to their subject matter. No action of CI, other than an express written waiver, may be construed as a waiver of any part of this agreement, and no employee of CI is authorized to waive it orally.

9. Governing Law

This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to the conflict of law principles thereof.