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Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for Restoration & Conservation of Coastal Wetlands (Baton Rouge, LA)

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Topic(s):

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

Priority Issue(s):

Community Resilience , Ecosystem Integration , Habitat Conservation , Water Quality

Host Partner(s):

Location:

 Capital Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

Date/Time:

calendar icon6/28/2016

Price:

$0.00

Max Applicants:

50

Host Partners: Louisiana Sea Grant and The Water Institute of the Gulf.

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.

Speaker Presentations are available for download below:

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

2) Applications of Blue Carbon, Dr. Steve Crooks, Environmental Science Associates

3) How to Plan for a Successful Carbon Finance Project, Scott Settelmyer, Managing Director, TerraCarbon

4) Louisiana Blue Carbon Science Highlights, Landscape Scale Carbon, and Additional Research Needs, Dr. John White, Louisiana State University

5) Blue Carbon in Louisiana: Overview of State Efforts, Richard Raynie, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

6) Challenges and Lessons Learned in Implementing Blue Carbon Projects in Louisiana,
Dr. Sarah Mack, Tierra Resources and Dr. Robert Lane, Louisiana State University

7) Blue Carbon in Louisiana: Discussion and Next Steps

8) Additional Resources and Workshop Agenda

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. 

Additional speakers include Scott Settelmyer (TerraCarbon), Rick Raynie (LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority), Dr. Sarah Mack (Tierra Resources), and Dr. Rob Lane and Dr. John White (Louisiana State University).

WHEN:   June 28, 2015 from 8:30am-4:30pm 

WHERE:  Capital Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register, click "Register Online" at the to right corner of this page.

This workshop is funded by NOAA's Office of Habitat Conservation. Additional sponsors include Restore Americas Estuaries, Sea Grant Louisiana, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, The Water Institute of the Gulf, National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative, NOAA’s Coastal Training Program, TerraCarbon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Coastal Program, and Weeks Bay Foundation.

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