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Harnessing big data to support the conservation and rehabilitation of mangrove forests globally

Harnessing big data to support the conservation and rehabilitation of mangrove forests globally

Mangroves are a key habitat for our Mapping Ocean Wealth work, and its easy to see why. These coastal forests protect shorelines, store and sequester vast amounts of carbon, enhance fisheries, and even provide opportunities for recreation and tourism. but identifying and accessing the most reliable source of data can be a challenge. A new paper presents a potential solution.

Nature-based tourism makes the case for long-term conservation strategies in the Gulf of California

Nature-based tourism makes the case for long-term conservation strategies in the Gulf of California

Each year, people travel from all over the world to visit the Gulf of California, or the world’s aquarium, as Jacques Costeau once famously dubbed it. Sea lions, whale sharks, whales, big game fish make up the 40 key species groups that bring people to the region looking for an opportunity to interact with marine wildlife – from up-close encounters with grey whales, to witnessing the unmistakable grace and curiosity of a bull shark, to dancing with a sea lion to tracking a wahoo in a catch and release game – the Gulf of California provides an unparalleled variety of options to experience  life-changing moments.

Discover the Carbon-capturing Power of Mangroves in your Country

Discover the Carbon-capturing Power of Mangroves in your Country

Coastal wetlands provide many benefits, from fisheries habitat to improved water quality and shoreline protection, but they are also excellent at capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere – a service we refer to as Blue Carbon. Blue carbon habitats include salt...

New Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reefs

New Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reefs

Capitalising on the ongoing success of The Nature Conservancy’s shellfish reef restoration projects all around the world, a new manual has been published to help others do likewise. Quantifying the social and ecological benefits of shellfish reefs has been a...

A Refreshed Mapping Ocean Wealth Website is Here!

A Refreshed Mapping Ocean Wealth Website is Here!

If you've visited oceanwealth.org recently, you may notice a few subtle, but meaningful changes.  During the first phase of Mapping Ocean Wealth the primary focus was on the data -- identifying existing sources, consulting experts, deriving new models, and creating...

The Caribbean Needs Tourism and Tourism Needs Healthy Coral Reefs

The Caribbean Needs Tourism and Tourism Needs Healthy Coral Reefs

The  Caribbean is more dependent on tourism than any other region across the globe, and a new study by The Nature Conservancy and JetBlue shows the powerful value of coral reef ecosystems to both the tourism industry and to the to the economic success and stability of...

Blue carbon: A Portfolio Solution to Climate Change

Blue carbon: A Portfolio Solution to Climate Change

Climate change is a portfolio problem. There’s no one cause, nor is there a silver bullet to fix the problem.  Rather, the solution will lie in a portfolio of measures, and many of the solutions will stem from nature. To explain how natural solutions to carbon storage...

Explore the Mangrove Restoration Potential Mapping Tool

Explore the Mangrove Restoration Potential Mapping Tool

Healthy mangroves are a precious, almost priceless resource, and yet over the past 50 years the world has witnessed staggering levels of mangrove loss and degradation. Mangroves can, quite literally save lives during storms, but losing mangroves also means losing...

MOW Maps of Micronesia Fisheries Can Help Inform Coral Reef Management

MOW Maps of Micronesia Fisheries Can Help Inform Coral Reef Management

The MOW team in Micronesia has published a new paper, Modelling and mapping regional-scale patterns of fishing impact and fish stocks to support coral-reef management in Micronesia in the journal Diversity and Distributions.  Led by Alastair Harborne of Florida...

Accounting for Mangroves in Flood Protection

Accounting for Mangroves in Flood Protection

Mangroves are multi-taskers in the world of ocean wealth. In addition to providing habitat for both artisanal and commercially-fished species, sequestering carbon, and bolstering tourism, mangroves are essential for protecting coastal communities from the effects of...

TNC Teams up with IUCN to Map Mangrove Restoration Potential

TNC Teams up with IUCN to Map Mangrove Restoration Potential

The importance of mangrove forests – for food, carbon storage and sequestration, coastal protection, and even tourism and water purification – is widely acknowledged. So much so that there is an increasing drive not only to halt further losses, but to increase mangroves through restoration.

Notes from the Field: MOW Australia Measures Blue Carbon in Australia

Notes from the Field: MOW Australia Measures Blue Carbon in Australia

Review. Model. Map. Those are the stages that Mapping Ocean Wealth uses to build an understanding of various ecosystem services. In the review phase, scientists conduct a detailed and systematic exploration of field data, expert literature and knowledge to fully...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Wins Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award

Mapping Ocean Wealth Wins Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award

The Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative is the winner of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award.  The WTTC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to the economy, while promoting...

How Can Nature Help Us Combat Climate Change?

How Can Nature Help Us Combat Climate Change?

Coastal wetlands are small but mighty.  They provide habitats for a diverse array of species, improve water quality, and play a significant role in protecting coastal communities from the impacts of wave action and storms. But they also provide another valuable...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Named a Finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Mapping Ocean Wealth Named a Finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

  The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that The Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative is among the finalists for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.  The WTTC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to...

Oyster Reefs: How Much Is Enough?

Oyster Reefs: How Much Is Enough?

Contributed by Bryan DeAngelis Oysters are amazing. If you’re like me, and love the cold, salty taste of fresh oysters, know that our desire to consume them is not new. Oysters were a dietary staple for Native Americans and then for early European settlers, who...

Australia’s Forgotten Coastline No Longer Forgotten

Australia’s Forgotten Coastline No Longer Forgotten

Contributed by Helen Savidge Mapping Ocean Wealth Picks Up Marine Conservation Across Australia’s Forgotten Coastlines. On the Southern edge of the Australian continent sit beautiful waterscapes, grass meadows and kelp forests. These southern coastlines are home to...

Upgrade Your World

Upgrade Your World

Throughout the month of June 2016, TNC’s Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative is being featured in Microsoft Windows’ Upgrade Your World campaign. Designed to help global organizations further advance their work through the use of technology, this partnership is an...

The Ocean is a Global Climate Solution

The Ocean is a Global Climate Solution

By Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy As the world meets for COP, and country leaders, scientists and NGOs like The Nature Conservancy (TNC) play a role in this important piece of global history, I am pleased to be here in...

Habitat, Fish and Profit: Combining Fisheries Ecology and Economy

Habitat, Fish and Profit: Combining Fisheries Ecology and Economy

Contributed by Andrew Frederick Johnson (1), Marcia Moreno-Bàez (2), Andrès Cisneros-Montemayor (3), Alfredo Girón-Nava (1), Alvin Suàrez Castillo(4) and Octavio Aburto Oropeza (1) The value of nature and its contribution to human well being and development is being...

Why Blue Carbon is REDD Hot

Why Blue Carbon is REDD Hot

Contributed by Emily Landis of The Nature Conservancy  Last month, governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society convened at the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)...