This week the International Blue Carbon Initiative published “Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows”, a comprehensive field guide to measure stocks of coastal carbon.
Mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrasses and other coastal ecosystems are critical to maintaining human well-being and global biodiversity; supporting efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Despite these benefits and services, it is estimated that up to 67% of the historical global mangrove range, 35% of tidal salt marshes, and 29% of seagrasses have been lost; making coastal blue carbon ecosystems some of the most threatened on Earth.
The Coastal Blue Carbon manual provides managers, scientist, community groups and government agencies with the essential tools needed to monitor and inventory blue carbon stocks in these important habitats. To download Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrasses, click here: http://thebluecarboninitiative.org/manual/
The Blue Carbon Initiative is co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)