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Blue Carbon: an additional driver for restoring and preserving ecological services of coastal wetlands in Tampa Bay (FL, USA)

This review provides results from the Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment, which quantified existing carbon stocks and identified the future carbon sequestration trajectories with respect to sea-level rise over the next 100 years. Examples are provided of how these data can be used to prioritize restoration efforts, support and enhance management decisions, and potentially attract new partners to support wetland restoration projects. 

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April 2019Reportreport
Coastal Blue Carbon: An introduction for policy makers

The introduction to blue carbon for policy makers describes some of the challenges and opportunities in developing policies and undertaking projects to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems, while highlighting work already underway. It is hoped the document will serve as a reference for those who are new to blue carbon and those who are seeking to bring a greater focus on blue carbon in their jurisdictions.

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2015Websitewebsite
Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation

This report analyzes the scientific evidence regarding whether these marine ecosystems and ecosystem components are viable long-term carbon sinks and whether they can be managed for climate mitigation. Findings could assist decision makers and conservation practitioners in identifying which components of coastal and marine ecosystems should be prioritized in current climate mitigation strategies and policies.

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2017Reportreport
Incorporating Blue Carbon into Ecosystem Service Valuations for the Galveston Bay Region, Texas

This report summarizes available blue carbon data that is relevant to decision-making within the Galveston Bay region within the context of previous research that has been conducted on ecosystem services in the Galveston Bay region and along the Texas coast.

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Feb 2018Reportreport
Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment

This study analyzed the past and future climate mitigation benefits of habitat restoration in Tampa Bay, and identified opportunities for enhanced ecosystem management that can provide agencies and community members in the region with information to support coastal management planning and prioritize restoration and climate adaptation planning.

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June 2016Reportreport
The K’omoks and Squamish Estuaries: A Blue Carbon Pilot Project

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (CVPW) and the Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS) received funding from NAPECA to work on developing a community-based initiative for carbon assessment in estuaries.

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April 2016Reportreport
Coastal Blue Carbon as an Incentive for Coastal Conservation, Restoration and Management: A template for understanding options

This document describes significant factors in understanding the ways coastal blue carbon can help coastal managers achieve conservation and restoration goals.

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2015Reportreport
Coastal Blue Carbon in Practice: A manual for using the VCS Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration VM0033

This Manual is meant to be used alongside the VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland Restoration to identify the key elements of blue carbon asset generation.

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2015Reportreport
Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emission factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows

This manual was produced to help standardize protocols for sampling methods, laboratory measurements, and analysis of blue carbon stocks and fluxes. The manual will provide scientists and coastal managers with a practical tool to produce robust blue carbon data.

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2014Websitewebsite
Guiding Principles for Delivering Coastal Wetland Carbon Projects

This guidance document details best practice principles for coastal wetland carbon projects, drawing on a long history of project development and implementation in fields of wetlands restoration, terrestrial carbon projects, carbon policy and community engagement.

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2014Reportreport
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

The U.S. became the first nation to use these guidelines to include coastal wetlands into the National GHG Inventory. Recognizing wetlands within national inventories can empower countries to recognize the benefits of improved wetland management. The 1990-2015 U.S. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory including coastal wetlands is available online (see sections 6.8 abd 6.9 for wetlands). 

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2017Websitewebsite
2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands

The 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands(Wetlands Supplement) extends the content of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines by filling gaps in coverage and providing updated information reflecting scientific advances, including updating emission factors.

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June 2014Reportreport
Estimating Global “Blue Carbon” Emissions from Conversion and Degradation of Vegetated Coastal Ecosystems

This report provides the first global emissions estimates from the conversion and degradation of coastal wetland habitats impact and the subsequent economic implications.

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September 2012Reportreport
Global economic potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from mangrove loss

Mangroves are among the most threatened and rapidly disappearing natural environments worldwide. In addition to supporting a wide range of other ecological and economic functions, mangroves store considerable carbon. This report considers the global economic potential for protecting mangroves based exclusively on their carbon.

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January 2012Reportreport
A Blueprint for Blue Carbon: Toward an improved understanding of the role of vegetated coastal habitats in sequestering CO2

Recognition of the C sequestration value of vegetated coastal ecosystems provides a strong argument for their protection and restoration; however, it is necessary to improve scientific understanding of the underlying mechanisms that control C sequestration in these ecosystems. This report identifies key areas of uncertainty and specific actions needed to address them. 

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June 2011Reportreport
Green Payments for Blue Carbon: Economic Incentives for Protecting Threatened Coastal Habitats

This report examines the critical question of whether monetary payments for blue carbon can alter economic incentives to favor protection of coastal habitats. 

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April 2011Reportreport
Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities

This technical report consolidates information from the literature and provides analysis on the climate change mitigation potential of seagrasses and coastal wetlands, including coastal peats, tidal freshwater wetlands, salt marshes and mangroves. 

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20110301Reportreport
Action Plan to Guide Protocol Development

This report presents the findings of the National Blue Ribbon Panel on the development of a greenhouse gas offset protocol for tidal wetlands restoration and management.

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2010Reportreport
Capturing and Conserving Natural Coastal Carbon

Building mitigation and advancing adaption with blue carbon and coastal wetlands. 

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2010Reportreport
Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Typology Issues Paper: Tidal Wetlands Restoration

This report addresses issues related to developing a GHG offsets quantification methodology and performance standard for tidal wetlands in the United States.

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2009Reportreport
The Management of Natural Coastal Carbon Sinks

This report focuses on the management of natural coastal carbon sinks.

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2009Reportreport
Blue carbon in restored and reference salt marshes in Galveston Bay, Texas

The goals of this project were to quantify blue carbon stocks in restored coastal salt marshes in Galveston Bay, Texas.

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2017Reportreport
Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change Through Coastal Habitat Restoration

The purpose of this report is to educate habitat restoration professionals, policy makers, and the public on the impacts climate change will have on coastal habitats and the possible role habitat restoration could play in mitigating those impacts.

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2012Reportreport
Coastal Blue Carbon Opportunity Assessment for the Snohomish Estuary

This study provides a first assessment of carbon fluxes over multiple decades for historic drained and future restoring wetlands.

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2014Reportreport
Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

This landmark methodology provides the procedures for how to calculate, report, and verify greenhouse gas reductions for tidal wetland restoration projects anywhere in the world.

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2014Reportreport
Considering “Coastal Carbon” in Existing U.S. Federal Statutes and Policies

The authors in this report identify key steps for the inclusion of the ecosystem services of coastal habitats, including blue carbon benefits, into the implementation of existing federal policies without statutory changes.

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2013Articlearticle
Blue Carbon Policy Framework 2.0

This IUCN report is based on the discussions of the International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group held from July 2011 and January 2012.

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2012Reportreport

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