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New Blue Carbon Methodology and Manual for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

NOAA partner organizations earned approval of a new Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration. This is the first globally applicable greenhouse gas accounting protocol confirmed by Verified Carbon Standard for coastal wetland restoration. We provided support for the effort, coordinated by Restore America’s Estuaries.

The new restoration methodology provides procedures for how to calculate, report, and verify greenhouse gas reductions for tidal wetland restorations projects. Projects could include the removal of tidal barriers and the reintroduction of native plant communities.

“Collaborations like these provide great promise for supporting communities around the country as they build their resilience to face extreme weather and climate-related events,” said Holly Bamford, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service, performing duties of the assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management.

Coastal wetlands provide critical habitat for fish. They also protect the coastline from storms and remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

NOAA also supported the new guide Coastal Blue Carbon in Practice: A Manual for Using the VCS Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration. This manual walks project developers through the process of blue carbon project planning, and addresses sea-level rise and other risks.

Posted December 10, 2015