Carbon Sequestration in Wetlands
Using ecosystem conservation and restoration to sequester biological carbon offers synergic benefits for mitigating and adapting to climate change
For years, we have included wetland geomorphic response to sea level change and landscape-level hydrology into our plans for sustainable habitat management and wetland restoration. Now these concepts are being adopted into wide-reaching strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
With leadership roles in pioneering studies and stakeholder engagement at multiple levels of governance, ESA is at the forefront of global policy development. We are at the nexus of wetlands conservation and climate change response, as well as coordinating the science to develop carbon financing instruments. At the local and regional levels, ESA is integrating evolving policy into project planning, including wetlands restoration. Wetlands sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and store globally significant reservoirs of carbon within soils. There is a need for holistic management of these carbon reserves, incorporating greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation with flood and habitat management and restoration.
Our staff have partnered with the International Union for Conservation of Nature to assess the restoration potential of large carbon reservoirs in major delta systems around the world. We provided guidance to international non-governmental organizations and agencies on integrating wetland science into climate change mitigation approaches. Our pioneering work has been reported in Nature, Scientific American, Christian Science Monitor, ClimateWire, and Point Carbon Bay Nature Magazine, as well as by local media outlets and online blogs.