Wetlands Carbon Sequestration

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Wetlands have the potential to sequester greenhouse gases (GHG) from the atmosphere and store significant reservoirs of carbon within their soils. Many local and national organizations recognize the need to holistically manage these valuable wetland carbon reserves, integrating GHG mitigation and climate change adaptation with flood and habitat management on a state-wide and national level.

ESA is at the forefront of integrated science and policy on wetland carbon sequestration and restoration projects, providing guidance to agencies at the local, state, and global levels. Working for the California Climate Action Registry (now the Climate Action Reserve), ESA produced a report summarizing the potential for tidal wetland restoration to be developed into a GHG offset protocol. On behalf of the Resources Legacy Fund, ESA reported the impacts of sea level rise on the carbon sequestration potential of tidal wetlands. Our team is now advancing concepts from these and other studies into the development of a national GHG offset protocol for wetland restoration and a California state-wide initiative for wetland carbon sequestration.

ESA is working with leading agencies and organizations to integrate policy and science in the management of state-wide and national wetland systems with the potential to sequester carbon and greenhouse gases.

Specialized Services

  • Carbon offset and sequestration program design and documentation
  • Greenhouse gas inventories, mitigation, and emissions reduction
  • Sea level rise adaptation studies and vulnerability assessments
  • Wetland restoration