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COURSE INFO PROVIDER: SWSPCP Webinr
COURSE TITLE: Blue Carbon: Science and Application for Adding Value to Estuary Restoration

INSTRUCTORS Stefanie Simpson

COURSE DESCRIPTION Blue Carbon: Science and Application for Adding Value to Estuary Restoration

Coastal blue carbon has emerged as new opportunity to connect coastal management goals with climate mitigation and adaptation. Degradation and destruction of coastal blue carbon ecosystems (salt marshes, seagrass meadows and tidal forests) results in the loss of many important ecosystem services, including carbon storage and sequestration. Protecting and restoring these ecosystems can prevent CO2 emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and also reduce emissions of nitrous oxide and methane.

In the past few years, much has been achieved to advance the science and policies related to blue carbon at global, national and locally scales. Networks of NGOs with state, federal and private partners are leading the way in advancing our understanding of blue carbon science and piloting blue carbon application in management, policy and markets. This presentation will cover past and ongoing science assessments led by Restore America's Estuaries (a US based non-profit) and our partners, tools and resources for applying blue carbon, and discuss remaining science needs.

As blue carbon initiatives have been growing over the past few years, this talk will also include existing and emerging networks, in the US and globally, working to advance blue carbon for coastal conservation. This ecosystem service provides an opportunity to add value for coastal restoration and conservation efforts, enhance habitat management to include climate adaptation and mitigation, and tap into carbon finance.

BIO:

Stefanie Simpson is the Blue Carbon Program Senior Manager for Restore America's Estuaries, where she works to build regional and national capacity for utilizing blue carbon ecosystem services to increase investment in coastal restoration and conservation. In this role, Stefanie develops outreach products, leads the US Blue Carbon National working group, and works with partners to develop tools and pilot projects utilizing blue carbon to support estuary restoration.
Prior to RAE Stefanie was an ORISE Fellow for the EPA's Office of Water, worked at the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve in South Carolina, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines promoting environmental stewardship and working with locals on coastal resource management. Stefanie has her B.S. in biology from Clemson University and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston.

Credit Points: 0.06

SYLLABUS/TOPICAL OUTLINE Blue Carbon: Science and Application for Adding Value to Estuary Restoration Coastal blue carbon has emerged as new opportunity to connect coastal management goals with climate mitigation and adaptation. Degradation and destruction of coastal blue carbon ecosystems (salt marshes, seagrass meadows and tidal forests) results in the loss of many important ecosystem services, including carbon storage and sequestration. Protecting and restoring these ecosystems can prevent CO2 emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and also reduce emissions of nitrous oxide and methane. In the past few years, much has been achieved to advance the science and policies related to blue carbon at global, national and locally scales. Networks of NGOs with state, federal and private partners are leading the way in advancing our understanding of blue carbon science and piloting blue carbon application in management, policy and markets. This presentation will cover past and ongoing science assessments led by Restore America's Estuaries (a US based non-profit) and our partners, tools and resources for applying blue carbon, and discuss remaining science needs. As blue carbon initiatives have been growing over the past few years, this talk will also include existing and emerging networks, in the US and globally, working to advance blue carbon for coastal conservation. This ecosystem service provides an opportunity to add value for coastal restoration and conservation efforts, enhance habitat management to include climate adaptation and mitigation, and tap into carbon finance.

COURSE CONTACT
Kimberli Ponzio
4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32178
kponzio@sjrwmd.com
P: 386.329.4331
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