The development of the Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration (‘Methodology’), approved by the Verified Carbon Standard for verification(VM0033), is the first globally applicable methodology for coastal wetland restoration
activities and provides project developers with the protocol needed to generate wetland carbon credits. This Manual is meant to be used alongside the Methodology to identify the key elements of blue carbon asset generation. This Manual aids project developers as they look at the main phases of carbon project implementation: feasibility and site selection, documentation, registration, implementation, and carbon asset management. It builds on robust experience from peatland and forestry projects worldwide, emerging blue carbon pilot projects, and relevant research. While coastal blue carbon projects are still in their infancy,
this Manual is a first effort to outline the practical and logistical side of blue carbon project development.