Published: April 2016
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. CVPW conducted research with the goal to develop a protocol suitable for coastal communities on the Pacific coast to identify rates of carbon sequestration in estuaries and to restore eelgrass and salt marsh habitats lost due to human activities. It is hoped community-based projects will be recognized for the carbon they sequester and store. The protocol included four components: mapping, estimating carbon stores and estimating carbon sequestration rates. CVPW developed field methods that could be easily followed by other community groups. This report details the results.