Blue Carbon Implementation: Progress and Barriers
Blue Carbon refers to the climate change mitigation benefits associated with improved management of coastal wetlands. Conservation of these wetlands provides climate mitigation through capture and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide, while wetland restoration may reduce methane emissions from anthropogenically-modified wetlands. Blue Carbon is being considered in some state and national carbon inventories, both in light of anthropogenic emissions from managed systems as well as potential as a natural climate solution. In addition, there is currently guidance for wetland participation in voluntary carbon markets. While such programs incentivize wetland restoration, key knowledge and experience gaps exist that may inhibit widespread implementation within regulatory emissions reduction programs and within voluntary markets. This session will explore new developments in the science and mapping of Blue Carbon, as well recent experiences with planned or underway Blue Carbon implementation.
Science and Technology