Document baseline carbon sequestration dynamics of mangrove and eelgrass ecosystems.
Evaluate the overall potential of carbon credits based on carbon outcomes, financial viability, and implementation viability.
Blue Carbon Sequestration
The majority of carbon in the marine ecosystem is located in the soil. In the summer of 2021 and spring of 2022 soil core samples for carbon analysis were taken from mangrove stands and seagrass beds to establish a baseline of the amount of carbon stored and its further change with time patterns to identify areas of highest carbon concentration.
Results indicate that C storage is heterogeneous along El Canal del Infiernillo, suggesting that strong tidal currents may be dispersing soil carbon over larger areas than those immediately under seagrass pastures. Further studies pursuing transects along the coast and following current maps can help to increase our knowledge of where the carbon is going, the dynamics of carbon flux in the Channel and the location of the main blue carbon deposits. With this information we can work with fishers to identify, protect, and restore these areas.
Evaluation of Markets
We will explore potential markets to sell blue carbon credits or receive payments for the protection of ecosystem services using experienced intermediaries. We will initiate discussions and contract with consultants in carbon project development to develop future projections of carbon sequestration to assess the financial viability and to design equitable investment structures and pricing.
Based on these findings we would evaluate the overall potential of carbon credits based on carbon outcomes, financial viability and implementation viability. Based on these results we will identify investment partners seeking to invest both social-cultural and ecological-climate benefits of well-grounded conservation and restoration programs.
We also consult with Mexican government agencies such as the National Forestry Commission Conafor and Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas which are engaging the community in payment for ecosystem services, providing income for conservation jobs in climate adaptation and conservation.