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Conference to release climate-related ‘blue carbon’ findings from Dominican Republic

ARLINGTON, USA — Counterpart International will host a conference on October 12 in Washington, DC, to release preliminary findings of a major study on “blue carbon” in the Dominican Republic, as well as a discussion linking the need to engage coastal communities in the climate change process. It is open to the public.

Distinguished ecologist and professor from Oregon State University, Dr Boone Kauffman, will present the preliminary findings based on a recent research trip to the Dominican Republic. Kauffman is the author of newly approved market standards for blue carbon, which will open the door for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits.

“His findings, along with the work of Counterpart and its partners, could pave the way for making blue carbon sequestration a powerful tool for reducing climate change, supporting sustainable coastal communities and protecting coastal ecosystems,” says Joan Parker, PhD, president and CEO of the nonprofit Counterpart.

Blue carbon is a natural process by which marine plants capture carbon emissions from the atmosphere and store it for millennia in the sediment. Though mangroves and sea grasses are among the most carbon-rich sites in the world, they are also some of the fastest disappearing ecosystems on the planet.

Source: Caribbean News

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