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Register now for a FREE Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Workshop!

You are invited to attend a full day Blue Carbon workshop on May 10, 2016 at Tampa Bay Watch’s community room, located just outside St. Petersburg. Learn how this newly recognized ecosystem service can support habitat restoration and enhance coastal resiliency in Tampa Bay. Space is limited, so register soon to secure a place in the workshop. Additional details below.

What is blue carbon? Blue carbon refers to the greenhouse gases that are sequestered by, stored in and released by tidal wetlands, including seagrass, salt marsh, mangroves and other forested tidal wetlands.

Blue Carbon: A new tool for coastal conservation and restoration
WHEN:   May 10, 2016 from 8:30am - 4:30pm
WHERE: Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas BayWay South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Workshop goal: to increase your understanding of blue carbon concepts and how they can support land conservation and restoration goals for Tampa Bay.

This workshop will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, and mangroves; and landscape management implications. Blue carbon ecosystem services present a new opportunity to support increased investment in restoration and conservation efforts and to integrate climate adaptation and mitigation into management plans.

Through this workshop, participants will learn:

  • The basic concepts of blue carbon and its importance to conservation and restoration efforts
  • Market opportunities for blue carbon
  • Applications of blue carbon as a management tool
  • How blue carbon can support additional investment in coastal wetland conservation

Participants will also hear results from the recently completed Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment, including:

  • Impacts of land use change, including sea level rise and management actions, on carbon in the estuary
  • Carbon storage and sequestration in the Tampa Bay estuary
  • How blue carbon ecosystem services can inform management decisions and provide additional incentives to support conservation and restoration as well as climate adaptation in Tampa Bay

This workshop is for resource managers, advocates, practitioners, scientists and other stakeholders in the long-term health of Tampa Bay.