Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for Conservation & Restoration of Coastal Wetlands, Nov 5 2015, Port Aransas, TX

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

Download a list of Blue Carbon Resources: Blue Carbon resources_06-28-2016

Download the agendaBlue Carbon Agenda_Nov 5 2015_final

Download a workshop flyer: TX Blue Carbon workshop flyer_Nov 5 2015

Speaker presentations can be accessed via the links below:

Why an interest in blue carbon?
Jace Tunnell, Director, Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Introduction to Coastal Blue Carbon Concepts
Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator, Restore America’s Estuaries
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Socio-Economic Value and Ecosystem Services Benefits of Blue Carbon
David W. Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Associate Director and Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics, Harte Research Institute

Applications of Blue Carbon
Dr. Steve Crooks, Director of Climate Change Services at Environmental Science Associates and Co-chair of the International Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group

Blue Carbon Projects in Texas, Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Critical Roles in the Global Cycling of Carbon
Dr. Kenneth Dunton, Professor, Department of Marine Science, University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Lessons learned for developing landscape restoration and climate change mitigation projects
Scott Settelmyer, Managing Director, TerraCarbon

Blue Carbon in the Gulf: Discussion and Next Steps
Led by Steve Crooks and Stefanie Simpson
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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.

Workshop Goals:

•    Identify Blue Carbon 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 management plans

•    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 Stefanie Simpson, Dr. Stephen Crooks, Dr. Ken Dunton, Scott Settelmyer, and Dr. David Yoskowitz. Ms. Simpson is the Blue Carbon Program Coordinator for Restore Americas Estuaries. 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. Dunton is Professor of Marine Science at University of TX at Austin Marine Science Institute. Mr. Settelmyer is the Managing Director at TerraCarbon, a leading consulting firm that helps land managers raise money for conservation and restoration through the development and sale of carbon offsets.

WHEN:   November 5, 2015 from 8:30am-4:30pm

WHERE:  Estuarine Research Center
University of Texas Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Continuing Education Credits offered through APA/AICP. Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Please contact Jacqueline Rose at or 251-929-8466.

Sponsors: EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative, NOAA’s Coastal Training Program, Restore Americas Estuaries, TerraCarbon, University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Coastal Program, and Weeks Bay Foundation.

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