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Blue Carbon National Working Group In-Person Meeting

May 21 @ 9:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm

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Restore America’s Estuaries, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, will host an in-person meeting of the Blue Carbon National Working Group on May 21-22 in Washington DC.  This meeting builds on the fruitful discussions of our January 31 virtual meeting, and will include opportunities to discuss priorities with other researchers and practitioners, and state and federal policymakers, and determine future roles and action items for this Working Group.

Date: May 21-22, 2024

Location: Americas Room, The Pew Charitable Trusts – 901 E St NW, Washington DC

Meeting Goal

Identify ways to coordinate and advance priorities around three areas of focus previously identified in the January 2024 National Blue Carbon Working Group virtual meeting: (1) funding and financing blue carbon; (2) improving blue carbon mapping and data; and (3) advancing blue carbon action at the federal level.

Draft Agenda subject to change prior to meeting

Time Topic Details
8:30 Arrival, coffee and light breakfast
9:00 Welcome and overview

Keynote Address

Welcome remarks from Pew

Introduction from RAE

Keynote Speaker TBD

9:30 Presentations on progress on blue carbon mapping and data collection Likely Topics:

·        Assessing uncertainty

·        “Emerging” blue carbon ecosystems

·        Incorporating lateral flows into estimates

·        Sea level rise impacts

10:15 Coffee Break
10:30 Table Discussion of mapping and data needs for various applications What exists and what’s needed for:

·        Blue carbon offset projects?

·        State/national greenhouse gas inventories?

·        Integrating conservation/restoration into nature based solutions initiatives?

How can the National Working Group support these needs?

11:20 Report back to full plenary, group discussion
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Presentations on funding conservation and restoration of blue carbon habitats: conservation finance and public funding Updates from current projects

·        Incentives for projects on private land

·        Blue green infrastructure

·        Leveraging BIL and IRA to support blue carbon nature-based solutions

1:45 Discussion/Q&A
2:15 Table Discussion on funding and finance Needs and opportunities related to leveraging funding to support research, conservation and restoration
2:45 15-minute break
3:00 Presentation on federal blue carbon action Potential topics to include:

·        Ocean Climate Action Plan

·        Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap

·        Congressional landscape

3:45 Discussion and Q&A on federal action Panel of presenters take questions, including discussion of role of National Working Group in facilitating progress on national goals.
4:15 Closing
4:30 – 6pm Reception



Tuesday, May 21

8:30am      Arrival and check-in

9-12noon   Morning Sessions

12-1pm       Lunch

1-5pm        Afternoon Sessions

5pm            Reception

Wednesday, May 22

9am            Load busses and depart

4pm            Return to Washington


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If the registration fee or travel costs would prevent you from attending, please contact the event organizer Hilary Stevens at hstevens@estuaries.org.

The hosts of this event make every effort to comply with federal, state and local government ethics rules, including when hosting events. Please make sure that your participation is consistent with applicable ethics rules.



May 21 @ 9:00 am
May 22 @ 5:00 pm


Restore America’s Estuaries
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Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E St. NW #10
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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Blue Carbon National Working Group In-person Meeting
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