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Coastal sea changeEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Delaware) Carbon dioxide pumped into the air since the Industrial Revolution appears to have changed the way the coastal ocean functions, according to a new analysis published this week in Nature. A comprehensive review of research on carbon cycling in rivers, estuaries and continental shelves suggests that collectively this coastal zone now takes in more carbon dioxide than it releases.
My visit to Mikoko Pamoja at Gazi Bay- south coast of Kenya (blog)Blue Carbon Portal | 02 Dec 2013
Mikoko Pamoja which means Mangroves Together is a project located in the South Coast of Kenya where residents of the Gazi village and adjacent Makongeni Village have come together to protect and restore degraded Mangroves areas as they benefit from them through the sale of carbon offsets among other benefits associated with mangroves.
Mangroves as Resilient Natural Coastal Defences (blog)Blue Carbon Portal | 02 Dec 2013
The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction is a book published by the UN University press in 2013, supported by Ecosystem for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), IUCN, UNEP, CEM, UNU-EHS. The following is a brief review of section 4 of part II of this book by Carmen Lacambra, Daniel A Friess, Tom Spencer and Iris Miller. It describes mangroves as resilient natural coastal defences.
THE UNIQUE ADAPTIVE FEATURES OF THE MANGROVES (blog)Blue Carbon Portal | 02 Dec 2013
The World Atlas of Mangroves second edition is a publication compiled in joint support from ITTO, ISME, FAO, UNESCO-MAB, UNU-INWEH, UNEP-WCMC and The Nature Conservancy that brings together up-to-date mangrove information from all around the world with updated mangrove distribution maps and data. One of the most exciting section of this publication is chapter one which I have briefly summarized so those new to mangroves like me can understand what makes mangroves unique.
New science further highlights the important mitigation potential of coastal ecosystemsstakeholderforum.org | 22 Nov 2013
Coastal ecosystems – in particular mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrasses – are well recognised for their provision of essential ecosystem goods and services. Among other natural services, coastal ecosystems have the ability to sequester and store substantial amounts of carbon, both in their tree biomass, as well as in the deep mud that accumulates around their roots.
Marine Protection Specialhttps://cmsdata.iucn.org | 18 Nov 2013
Using MPAs to protect and restore ecosystem services in coastal areas and elsewhere is now critically important. Key Biodiversity Areas, and the Hope Spots launched in this newsletter, also all help in adding new places, names and voices to what we now need to do.
Blue Carbon Fieldwork: A Volunteer's PerspectiveBlue Carbon Portal | 04 Nov 2013
The temperatures are in the late twenties and we are standing in the middle of a mangrove forest on Bu Tinah Island kilometres off the shore of Abu Dhabi Emirate. As I look around I can see the beams of sunlight illuminating the faces of the worlds leading Blue Carbon scientists.
Coastal Forum confirms nature-based solutions are key for climate change adaptationIUCN | 29 Oct 2013
More than 200 delegates representing local communities, government agencies, academics, NGOs and media from Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered together at the Second Annual Coastal Forum from 15-18 October in Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam, to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices for climate change adaptation in the coastal zone, highlighting nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches.
Visiting the Father of Gazelles (blog)blog.blueventures.org | 28 Oct 2013
I recently visited the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project (ADBCDP). In Arabic, Abu Dhabi means the father of gazelle (Abu = father of, and Dhabi = gazelle), and my trip to the father of gazelles was my first out of Africa. While there, I had many new experiences, such as visiting the third largest mosque and the tallest building in the world, as well as seeing large algal flats and sabkah habitats.
Longing for a carbon project (blog)blog.blueventures.org | 28 Oct 2013
For Mamelo Honko, a community based association for mangrove protection in Ambondrolava, southwest Madagascar, International Mangrove Day (held on July 26th) is one of the rare occasions to share publicly their efforts and plans with government officials and partner organisations.
Threatened Marine Ecosystems Get Boost from US$4.5 Million Grant from the GEFcoraltriangleinitiative.org | 09 Oct 2013
The World Banks Board of Executive Directors today approved a project on September 30, 2013 to support the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project, with US$4.5 million in grant funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This regional project will design innovative models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision making for improved environmental stewardship of these critical resources.
New video tells the story of Blue Carbon in Abu DhabiBlue Carbon Portal | 02 Sep 2013
Arendal and Abu Dhabi, 20 August 2013 – A new video released today tells the story of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, which aims to improve our understanding of the other ecosystem services that coastal Blue Carbon ecosystems provide in Abu Dhabi.
Sea otter return boosts seagrassBBC | 26 Aug 2013
Sea otters re-colonising estuaries on the central Californian coast have improved the health of seagrass, new research has found.
Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstartion Project Brochure and Brief Available to downloadBlue Carbon Portal | 26 Jun 2013
In just over 40 years, Abu Dhabi has evolved from a small fishing community to the largest and most populated of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the vision and direction from His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the environment has become an intrinsic part of the heritage and traditions of the people of the UAE.
A pioneering project - Etihad inflight MagazineBlue Carbon Portal | 19 Jun 2013
Im standing knee-high in mud. wishing I had worn wellies not flip-flops. A cavern of mangrove branches blocks Abu Dhabis summer skies, and tiny crabs skitter over my bare feet. Im spending the morning in the mangroves learning about some of the sampling methods that were recently used as part of the groundbreaking Blue Carbon project.