Montecristi National Park

Dominican Republic Soil samples from mangroves in the Dominican Republic reveal these coastal ecosystems may have the richest carbon stores in the Western Hemisphere, according to data collected by riparian ecologist Dr. Boone Kauffman. His research was sponsored by Counterpart International, an international development nonprofit that partners with local organizations and institutions to develop sustainable […]

Derawan Islands

Indonesia This project is administered and funded jointly with the Banten Bay project by the Agency for Research and Development of Marine Fisheries and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia. The work plans for these projects look at each blue carbon ecosystem and perform field surveys to collect data on biophysical and […]

Banten Bay

Indonesia This project is administered and funded jointly with the Derawan Islands project by the Agency for Research and Development of Marine Fisheries and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia. The work plans for these projects look at each blue carbon ecosystem and perform field surveys to collect data on biophysical and […]

Mikoko Pamoja

Gazi Bay, Kenya This project is organized by Napier University, Kenya Marine Fisheries Institute and Earthwatch Institute. Its aim is to streamline funding toward both management and restoration of mangroves in Gazi Bay and to inform future mangrove conservation elsewhere in Kenya. Expected outcomes of the Mikoko Pamoja project include: Improved management of existing mangroves; […]

Livelihoods Fund, L’Oceanium de Dakar

Senegal This project is looking at mangrove restoration in the areas of Casamace and Sine Saloum, where factors such as construction, overharvesting, and urban development are causing rapid loss of mangrove ecosystems. This is the biggest mangrove restoration to date with more than 10,000 hectares already planted. The goals of this project are to ensure […]

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Maryland, USA Carbon sequestration rates are being monitored at a restored tidal marsh in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County, Maryland primarily through support from the Power Plant Research Program of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Blackwater is considered a wetland of international importance by Ramsar, but is a site of rapid […]

Deal Island Peninsula

Maryland, USA Blue carbon is one of many ecosystem services being investigated in a project supported by a $600,000 grant from the Science Collaborative Program of the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The project is an multi-disciplinary investigation of the tidal marshes and communities of the Deal Island Peninsula in Maryland, with a goal […]

Charles Darwin University

Rehabilitating Blue Carbon Habitats (RBCH) Program, Indonesia This project will ecologically rehabilitate aquaculture ponds (reforestation) back to mangrove habitats and avoid the on-going destruction of healthy mangroves (avoided deforestation). This will not only restore and protect the carbon sequestration capacity of mangrove habitats, but improve other ecosystem services such as water quality and biodiversity (including fisheries). […]

Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland

Costa Rica The potential of wetlands and coastal ecosystems to sequester atmospheric carbon and serve as tools for climate change mitigation has not been systematically quantified in Central America. With a financial contribution from GIZ’s BIOMARCC Project (Coastal Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change Adapatation Project), this project provided the first-ever estimates of ecosystem carbon stocks […]

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Bringing Wetlands to Market: Nitrogen and Coastal Blue Carbon: Massachusetts, USA The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Cape Cod is supported by a $1.3 million grant, funded by the NOAA NERRS Science Collaborative, to generate science and management tools that will support coastal wetlands as potential international carbon markets, which aim to incentivize […]