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Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands (FL)

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Climate Change , Floodplain Management , Land Conservation , Living Shorelines , Restoration Science , Science Communication , Stakeholder Engagement , Stormwater Management , Wetland Protection

Priority Issue(s):

Community Resilience , Ecosystem Integration , Habitat Conservation , Nutrient Impacts , Water Quality

Host Partner(s):

Apalachicola Reserve


 Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve


calendar icon7/28/2015



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.

Presentations from this workshop can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
1.) Apalachicola Blue Carbon Intro_Steve Emmett-Mattox and Stefanie Simpson.pdf
2.) How to Assess Coastal Blue Carbon Potential_Dr. Steve Crooks.pdf
3.) Blue carbon, social cost of carbon, and other ecosystem services valuation in northwest Florida_Dr. Marc Russell.pdf
4.) Insights to Developing Greenhouse Gas Offset Projects.pdf

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 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.

This workshop will:

•    Build participants understanding of Blue Carbon’s potential applications and its
      potential to increase the value of coastal wetland conservation and restoration;

•    Build capacity of local resource managers to incorporate greenhouse gas functions
      into their management; and

•    Assess opportunities and constraints for implementing Blue Carbon projects.

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) 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, Dr. Stephen Crooks, Dr. Marc Russell, and Jamie Eaton. Mr. Emmett-Mattox is the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Programs for Restore America’s Estuaries, 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. Dr. Marc Russell is a Research Ecologist with the EPA Gulf Ecology Division who leads the EPA Office of Research and Development's Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program and Tampa Bay Ecosystem Services Demonstration Project. Jamie Eaton is the Senior Manager of Forestry and Technical Services at TerraCarbon and is an expert in forest and soil carbon measurement and monitoring and works with clients to support the development of land use based projects that generate measurable benefits.

WHEN:   July 28, 2015 from 8:30am-4:30pm
WHERE:  Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
             108 Island Dr., Eastpoint, FL 32328

Seating is limited! Click the REGISTER ONLINE link in the top right corner of this page to save your seat now. Registration is $20. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Please contact Anita Grove at Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us or 850-670-7708 or Margo Posten at Margaret.Posten@dep.state.fl.us or 850-670-7718.  

Sponsors: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, NOAA’s Coastal Training Program, Restore Americas Estuaries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Coastal Program, and Weeks Bay Foundation.