Blue Carbon: The Opportunity of Coastal Sinks for AfricaBlue Carbon Portal | 14 May 2013
The abundance of mangrove forests, seagrasses and tidal marsh ecosystems in Africa should be considered in countries pledges to reduce carbon emissions, says a policy briefing from the South African Institute of International Affairs (Chevallier, 2012).
Oman Joins Ramsar, Designates Nature Reservebiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 06 May 2013
2 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Oman has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 167th contracting party. The wetland Qurm Nature Reserve was designated as its first Ramsar site.
Seagrass Awareness and the SeaGrass Grow Campaign (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 25 Mar 2013
We are into the third week (one more week left!) of Florida's Seagrass Awareness Month and the Seagrass Recovery crew wanted to showcase one of our partners, The Ocean Foundation, who is helping us in our efforts to conserve and promote seagrass ecosystems.
Third Ramsar Site in United Arab EmiratesRamsar Convention | 19 Mar 2013
The UAE has designated its third Wetland of International Importance, effective 10 March 2013 and located in the emirate of Sharjah. The Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba, a National Protected Area, is located in the far east of the country near the border with Oman and comprises coastal subtidal, intertidal (sand beach, mangroves, mud and tidal channels), supratidal sand, salt marsh and saline flats.
Antanandahy: Where the Women Rule the Mangroves (blog)bluecarbonportal.org | 08 Mar 2013
Our goal was to initiate a relationship with these communities and start a feasibility study for blue carbon in Tsiribihina – and what a place to do it! The locals of the Tsiribihina Delta truly live a mangrove lifestyle – from fish and wood to storm protection – the people here are linked with the mangrove forest at every turn.
$3M project to map Australia's 'blue carbon' potentialnews.uwa.edu.au | 04 Mar 2013
Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.
Policy Brief: Securing the Future of MangrovesUNESCO | 20 Feb 2013
Based on the 2nd edition of the World Atlas of Mangroves, the policy brief Securing the Future of Mangroves provides managers and decision-makers from around the world with straight-forward options for robust management and policy responses, and up-to-date information on the current status of mangrove ecosystems and their most pressing threats.
Dominican Republic Designates Mangrove Park as Ramsar SiteInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 31 Jan 2013
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Dominican Republic has designated the Parque Nacional Manglares del Bajo Yuna as its third Wetland of International Importance.
Sri Lanka's Wilpattu Ramsar Wetland ClusterRamsar Convention | 29 Jan 2013
The Secretariat is very pleased to announce the listing of Sri Lanka's sixth Wetland of International Importance, effective on World Wetlands Day at the end of this week. Seagrass beds, mangroves, salt marshes, swamps and floodplain forests are also found and contribute to the area's rich biodiversity.
New Website Puts Spotlight on Blue CarbonUNEP | 19 Dec 2012
Marine ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshes, can capture and store a significant amount of atmospheric carbon. Yet the full potential of these "blue carbon" habitats to mitigate climate change remains relatively overlooked. To improve understanding of blue carbon, and highlight innovative projects that support these critical ecosystems, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched 'The Blue Carbon Portal': http://bluecarbonportal.org
UNU-INWEH Outlines Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Managementbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 22 Nov 2012
The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has published a policy brief titled Securing the Future of Mangroves. The brief is based on the World Atlas of Mangroves and describes both the current status of mangroves, including their economic value, as well as threats to mangrove ecosystems and considerations for good management practices.
Seagrass decline releasing large quantities of carbonEuropean Commission | 06 Nov 2012
Grasses growing at the bottom of our oceans lock away large quantities of blue carbon, according to a new study. The results suggest that the soil that seagrass grows on is capable of storing more carbon than soils on land and as a result of the current global decline in seagrass, vast stores of carbon may be being released into the ocean and atmosphere.
Helping North America's marine protected areas adapt to a changing climateEurekAlert | 25 Oct 2012
(Commission for Environmental Cooperation) The Commission for Environmental Cooperation has published Scientific Guidelines for Designing Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and based on the work of thirty-three of North America's top experts.
Why are coastal salt marshes falling apart?EurekAlert | 18 Oct 2012
(National Science Foundation) Salt marshes have been disintegrating and dying over the past two decades along the US Eastern Seaboard and other highly developed coastlines without anyone fully understanding why.