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Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for Restoration & Conservation of Coastal Wetlands (Galveston, TX)

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Climate Change , Land Conservation , Restoration Science , Science Communication , Stakeholder Engagement , Wetland Protection

Priority Issue(s):

Habitat Conservation

Host Partner(s):


 Nessler Civic Center - 2010 5th Ave North Texas City, TX 77590


calendar icon4/6/2016



Max Applicants:


The purpose of this workshop is to increase your understanding of blue carbon concepts and how they can support land conservation and restoration goals and generate new revenue opportunities.

List of Blue Carbon Resources

Speaker presentations can be accessed via the links below:

1) Introduction to Coastal Blue Carbon Concepts  (Stefanie Simpson, Restore America’s Estuaries)

Background on blue carbon and importance to restoration/conservation needs

Introduction to the voluntary carbon market

Market and policy opportunities

2) Applications of Blue Carbon (Dr. Steve Crooks)

How to assess coastal blue carbon potential

Blue carbon as a management tool

Summary of Blue Carbon case studies

3) How to Plan for a Successful Carbon Project: Lessons from years of experience with land use
    carbon projects (Scott Settelmeyer, TerraCarbon)

4) The Texas Coastal Exchange: Carbon and Other Trading Systems for the Future (Jim Blackburn, Rice SSPEED Center)

5) Mangrove Population Growth on the Texas Coast: Implications for Blue Carbon Storage in Coastal Wetlands (Anna Armitage, Texas A&M University - Galveston)

6) Estimating the Value of Blue Carbon in Galveston Bay (Meagan Murdock, The Nature Conservancy – TX Chapter)

Blue Carbon refers to the carbon and other greenhouse gases captured, stored, and emitted by the world’s coastal ecosystems.  In this workshop we will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems. Participants will learn about the economics of blue carbon; the basics of coastal landscape project planning, models, and implementation practices; and the many co-benefits of combining blue carbon projects with traditional conservation and restoration activities.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in coastal conservation and restoration, including natural resource managers, land owners, land trusts, municipalities, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials, and others.

Workshop Goals:

  • Participants will be able to identify blue carbon applications and its potential to increase the value of coastal wetland conservation and restoration
  • Learn about market and management opportunities using blue carbon
  • Build capacity among local resource managers to incorporate greenhouse gas functions into management plans
  • Assess opportunities and constraints for implementing blue carbon projects
Restore Americas Estuaries will lead the workshop. RAE has been leading the effort to develop coastal blue carbon tools, science, policies, and projects in the U.S. Their goal is to increase coastal ecosystem conservation and restoration through recognition of their value in climate mitigation and ecosystem services, including their ability to provide food, clean water, nutrient cycling, and recreational benefits.

Presenters include Steve Emmett-Mattox and Dr. Stephen Crooks. Mr. Emmett-Mattox is the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Programs for RAE where he leads the U.S. blue carbon effort and has been developing strategic initiatives for 15 years. Dr. Crooks is the Director of Climate Change Services for Environmental Science Associates, Co-Chair of the International Blue Carbon Working Group, and member of the IPCC Working Group that drafted the 2013 guidelines to include wetlands in national greenhouse gas inventories.

WHEN:   April 6, 2016 from 8:30am-4:30pm

WHERE: Nessler Civic Center
             2010 5th Ave North
             Texas City, TX 77590

Register here

Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This workshop is organized by Galveston Bay Foundation, Galveston Bay Estuary Program and Restore America's Estuaries. Additional project partners include the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program, TerraCarbon, The Nature Conservancy TX Chapter, Texas A&M University-Galveston, and Rice SSPEED Center.

For questions about the workshop, please contact Stefanie Simpson at ssimpson@estuaries.org.
For questions about website registration, please contact Jacqueline Rose at gulfcoastaltraining@gmail.com or 251-929-8466.