Event Title

Blue Carbon in the Comox Valley: monetizing the benefits of eelgrass habitat restoration in coastal British Columbia

Presentation Abstract

The restoration of eelgrass and salt marsh beds in areas where they formerly existed is widely recognized as a valuable activity due to their importance as habitat for estuarine inhabitants and for foreshore resilience. These restoration activities can also play a role in sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and putting it into long-term storage. Blue Carbon, where aquatic plants act to store carbon in the sediments and biomass, is another benefit to eelgrass and salt marsh rehabilitation. The Blue Carbon Team, consisting of professional and volunteer members located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is pursuing the opportunity to develop a protocol for measuring the amount of carbon permanently sequestered by eelgrass and salt marsh, while at the same time restoring habitat that had been lost during the past 75 years due to urbanization of the area. Preliminary data suggests estuarine plant communities can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in sediments and biomass more efficiently than land plants. Thus, these habitat restoration efforts would additionally contribute towards mitigating climate change and could be used as carbon credits to monetize further habitat restoration.

Session Title

Session S-07E: Aquatic Vegetation

Conference Track

Habitat

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type

Event

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Location

Room 6C

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Blue Carbon in the Comox Valley: monetizing the benefits of eelgrass habitat restoration in coastal British Columbia

Room 6C

The restoration of eelgrass and salt marsh beds in areas where they formerly existed is widely recognized as a valuable activity due to their importance as habitat for estuarine inhabitants and for foreshore resilience. These restoration activities can also play a role in sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and putting it into long-term storage. Blue Carbon, where aquatic plants act to store carbon in the sediments and biomass, is another benefit to eelgrass and salt marsh rehabilitation. The Blue Carbon Team, consisting of professional and volunteer members located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is pursuing the opportunity to develop a protocol for measuring the amount of carbon permanently sequestered by eelgrass and salt marsh, while at the same time restoring habitat that had been lost during the past 75 years due to urbanization of the area. Preliminary data suggests estuarine plant communities can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in sediments and biomass more efficiently than land plants. Thus, these habitat restoration efforts would additionally contribute towards mitigating climate change and could be used as carbon credits to monetize further habitat restoration.