Act now on wetlands for Agenda 2030

In 2015, world leaders committed to achieving the 17 goals of the United National 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). Now it’s time to act. 7 of the goals impact on and are affected by wetlands – ecosystems where water meets land, such as peatlands, marshes, rivers, lakes, deltas, coasts, and mangroves. Wetlands exist from the polar regions to the tropics, and from high altitudes to the drylands of Africa. Wetlands provide a wide range of benefits: they purify and store water, provide food and fish, support abundant biodiversity, drive local economies, protect our shores and are the Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores.

Investing in wetlands is a wise choice for governments, as well as the private sector and financial institutions, to achieve the SDG commitments. Without wetland investments, the SDGs will not be achieved.

Act now for wetlands, act now for the 2030 Agenda.

See: “No Sustainable Development Goals unless action is taken to reduce the deficit in natural infrastructure”

Policy brief: Act now on wetlands for Agenda 2030:

Interactive infographic showing the links the between the SDGs, wetlands and some innovative approaches Wetlands International works with:

www.actnowfor2030.com

World Wetlands Day with first continent-wide collection of North America’s blue carbon maps

Source: CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is acknowledging World Wetlands Day with the release of maps and publications aimed at advancing the conservation and restoration of coastal habitats across North America.

World Wetlands Day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971.

Tidal wetlands, mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrass beds play a vital role in trapping and storing carbon. However, ecosystems stressors such as nutrient runoff, habitat conversion, and sea-level rise are degrading and even destroying these “blue carbon” habitats.

To address this issue, the CEC—in collaboration with Parks Canada, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp), Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Conabio), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Geological Survey (USGS)—led an initiative designed to improve data, mapping and approaches to asses carbon dynamics in North American blue carbon habitats.

Outcomes from this joint initiative include:

It is hoped that the maps and publications released today will contribute to the conservation of North American seagrasses, salt marshes, mangroves, and tidal wetlands, as well as the carbon they harbor.

To view or download the report and synopses, visit our Virtual Library at www.cec.org/library.

For more information on the CEC’s innovative work on climate change mitigation and adaptation in North America, visit www.cec.org/climatechange or contact Karen Richardson, CEC Director of Programs, at krichardson@cec.org.

Keep up-to-date with the CEC’s work by following @CECweb on Twitter or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cecconnect.

Keys to successful blue carbon projects: Lessons learned from global case studies

Source: ScienceDirect

  • Coastal wetlands store a lot of “blue carbon,” mostly in soils.
  • Coastal wetland restoration is becoming an important climate mitigation option.
  • Successful projects involve local stakeholders & consider alternative livelihoods.
  • Funding has come from voluntary carbon markets or other non-carbon finance.
  • Only one case study included soil carbon in their carbon credits (India).
 
Ecosystem services such as protection from storms and erosion, tourism benefits, and climate adaptation and mitigation have been increasingly recognized as important considerations for environmental policymaking. Recent research has shown that coastal ecosystems such as seagrasses, salt marshes, and mangroves provide climate mitigation services because they are particularly effective at sequestering and storing carbon dioxide, referred to as “coastal blue carbon”. Unfortunately, degradation of blue carbon ecosystems due to anthropogenic impacts contributes to anthropogenic carbon emissions from land use impacts and prevents these ecosystems from continuing to sequester and store carbon. Given the impressive carbon sequestration and storage in coastal ecosystems, many countries with blue carbon resources are beginning to implement blue carbon restoration projects using carbon financing mechanisms. This study analyzed four case studies of projects in Kenya, India, Vietnam, and Madagascar, evaluating the individual carbon financing mechanisms, the project outcomes, and the policy implications of each. Strengths and challenges of implementing blue carbon projects are discussed and considerations that all projects should address are examined in order to develop long-term sustainable climate mitigation or adaptation policies. This analysis can help to inform future project design considerations as well as policy opportunities.

 

SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015

Source: EEA

The synthesis report informs future European environmental policy in general and its implementation between 2015 and 2020 in particular. It includes a reflection on the European environment in a global context, as well as chapters summarising the state of, trends in, and prospects for the environment in Europe.

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World Wetlands Day 2014: Wetlands and agriculture

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day, the Convention’s annual campaign day.

2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. And what a great theme for Ramsar, given that wetlands are so often intimately linked with agriculture. Our slogan? Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too of course) to work together for the best shared outcomes.

Wadden Sea Day 2013. Salt Marshes: Our Heritage between Land and Sea

UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe Wattenmeer Besucherzentrum Wilhelmshaven
29 August 2013
10:00 – 16:30 hOrganized by:
Common Wadden Sea Secretariat & National Park Administration Wadden Sea of Lower Saxony

The Wadden Sea Day 2013 highlights the importance of salt marshes for the Wadden Sea ecosystem and addresses challenges concerning preservation of biodiversity and salt marsh restoration.

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ACR Approves Offset Methodology for Emission Reductions from Deltaic Wetland Restoration

Source: ACR

ARLINGTON, Va. and NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 18, 2012) – A revolutionary new tool is now available to help restore the Gulf of Mexico’s disappearing coastal wetlands — Louisiana’s first line of defense against damaging hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac. Funded by Entergy Corporation, developed by New Orleans-based Tierra Resources and approved for use by the American Carbon Registry (ACR) following stakeholder consultation and scientific peer review, the new tool creates a self-sustaining revenue source for wetlands restoration through the sale of carbon offsets.

Here’s how it works: When Mississippi River delta wetlands are restored, landowners can use the new methodology to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions the rebuilt wetlands will absorb over time. Included in the calculation are the emissions avoided by slowing the rapid loss of existing wetlands throughout the region. The result is registered carbon credits, which landowners can sell to companies that want to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. The proceeds from the sale of carbon credits help offset the landowner’s costs for wetland restoration activities.

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