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OES Fall Seminar - Stacy Baez, Pew Trust

 - time/details may vary.
09/22/2022 3:00 PM EST - 4:00 PM EST
Oceanography & Physical Sciences Building - 200
Stacy Baez with the Pew Trust will speak on "Blue Carbon: An Ally in the Fight Against Climate Change." Please join us for a reception in OCNPA 404 after the seminar.

Blue Carbon: An Ally in the Fight Against Climate Change

Coastal wetlands host some of the richest biodiversity on the planet. Salt marshes, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests are refuges for wildlife and serve as nurseries for a vast array of marine species. They provide important services to coastal communities such as shoreline defense and food production along with non-material cultural services ranging from recreation to ecotourism. Coastal wetlands are also nature-based solutions to climate change. Commonly referred to as "blue carbon" ecosystems, they sequester large amounts of carbon in their soil, and if undisturbed, this carbon can remain locked away for decades. Protecting "blue carbon" ecosystems can help mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as helping coastal communities adapt to climate impacts. As a result, countries can protect and restore coastal wetlands as part of the actions they take to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Pew's Coastal Wetland and Coral Reef project supported the inclusion of comprehensive coastal wetlands protections in Belize and Seychelles. Through partnerships with local organizations, research institutions, and governments, Belize and Seychelles included ambitious coastal wetlands protections in their updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement. This presentation will provide an overview of these country projects and showcase the importance of research in climate policy development.

Learn more about where we are as a planet on reaching the Paris Agreement goals.

The Ocean & Earth Sciences departmental seminar informs students, staff, faculty and the University community about recent issues. For more than 40 years, the series has fostered connection among current and future professionals. Seminars are held most Thursdays at 3 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

For information, email Professor Tal Ezer at tezer@odu.edu.

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