Blue Carbon: Global Options for Reducing Emissions from the Degradation and Development of Coastal Ecosystems

Nov 28, 2012 | Juha V. Siikamäki, James N. Sanchirico, Sunny Jardine, David W McLaughlin, Daniel F. Morris


Mangroves, salt marshes, and sea grass meadows store considerable amounts of carbon in their biomass and soil, but when disturbed by land-use changes and development, much or all of the "blue carbon" is released into the atmosphere. Protecting those rapidly disappearing areas may prevent the release of 42 billion tons of stored carbon dioxide emissions into the air, according to a new RFF report.

This report expands on an accompanying study that appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled Global Economic Potential for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Mangrove Loss.