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“Blue carbon” is the type of carbon that is stored by coastal wetland vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses and salt marsh grasses. While protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems has a relatively low global mitigation potential due to their small distribution, these ecosystems can store carbon at high rates per hectare.
Community-based Restoration Program Funding provides grants and technical expertise to support high-priority habitat restoration projects that instill strong conservation values and engage citizens in hands-on activities.
The Conservation Fund’s forest carbon offset projects are developed with careful consideration of climate and community benefits. The Fund’s carbon program supports both conservation-based forest management and forest restoration projects in some of America’s favorite places.
The Northcoast Regional Land Trust has worked to restore historical tidal flow and native vegetation to the Wood Creek Tidal Marsh to improve habitat for endangered and threatened fish species and reduce risks of flooding.
In California Pacifica Land Trust works with other partners to restore wetlands and implement a managed retreat strategy for Pacifica State Beach to reduce flooding risks.
Blackwater 2100 is a collaborative strategic conservation plan that aims to address salt marsh loss and migration in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Northeast: Considerations for the Implementation of Tidal Wetland Habitat Restoration Projects summarizes the results of a September 2010 workshop focused on how to address the impacts of sea level rise on tidal wetland restoration projects and includes draft recommendations for future projects.
Restoring the Great Lakes’ Coastal Future: Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Restoration Projects provides guidance on incorporating current and anticipated climate change impacts into restoration projects in the Great Lakes region.
The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) focuses land management and acquisition efforts on maintaining and improving natural communities. When working to support ecological health, climate change is an import, but at times divisive concern. By focusing on resiliency, SWMLC is able to concentrate management planning discussions and implementation projects on ways to ensure that habitats are able to persist through constantly changing conditions.
The ESF has been responding to potential climate change impacts by working cooperatively to study and address salt marsh loss. In addition to working with agencies and regional research facilities, ESF conservation projects such as constructing water control structures to adapt to rising sea levels and acquisition and management efforts to “clear the floodplain” address climate change challenges by allowing for migration of tidal marshes and building ecological resilience.