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Blue Carbon Template for Coastal Managers

Coastal Blue Carbon as an Incentive for Coastal Conservation, Restoration and Management: A Template for Understanding OptionsThis document describes significant factors in understanding the ways coastal blue carbon can help coastal managers achieve conservation and restoration goals. The Template was developed by RAE’s Steve Emmett-Mattox and Dr. Steve Crooks, a wetlands carbon consultant. It is part of a collaborative project with the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) and funded by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative.

 
The Intersection of Climate Change Mitigation-Coastal Habitat Restoration-Climate Adaptation
  
Climate change--through a warming world, sea-level rise, changing precipitation patterns, and migrating species, both native and invasive--will significantly reshape our coastal landscape. In many ways, our coasts and estuaries are both the first line of defense and a measuring stick for climate change impacts. Coastal and estuarine habitat restoration is a key strategy in adapting to climate change, as well as mitigating its impacts.
  

Linking Carbon Finance to Coastal Habitat Restoration and Climate Adaptation

Restore America's Estuaries is leading an initiative to bring tidal wetlands restoration, protection, creation and avoided loss into the carbon markets. The restoration of tidal wetlands, salt marshes, mangroves and other coastal habitats offers significant potential for sequestering carbon. A national greenhouse gas (GHG) offset protocol/methodology for tidal wetlands activities will provide the means for project managers to develop offset projects in tidal wetlands and for climate registries to issue credits.
 
Gases, Grasses: Wetlands and Climate Change The Environmental Forum, Volume 28, Number 4, July-August 2011)