NUS Deltares Weekly Talk
Carbon policies such as REDD+ are doomed for coastal conservation
By: Asst. Prof. Dan Friess
Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Time: 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Venue: E1-06-05, No 1 Engineering Drive 2, National University of Singapore (map)
Coastal ecosystems – and the crucial ecosystem services they provide to millions of people – are under threat globally from a myriad of pressures. There has been a recent move to financially incentivize the conservation of imperiled coastal ecosystems by paying to conserve the huge "blue carbon" reserves held by mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses. The large amounts of money involved in the carbon market could revolutionize coastal conservation funding.
Using case studies from around the world (including Singapore), this presentation describes some under-recognized stumbling blocks to successful REDD+ implementation in coastal habitats. In particular, external stressors such as transboundary pollution, ocean acidification and sea level rise reduce ecosystem integrity and service provision. Such stressors occur outside a protected area and can not be easily mitigated by REDD+ without significantly increasing scale and transaction costs. This presentation describes a framework for considering external stressors, including mitigation and adaptation measures that will increase the success of ecosystem service policy interventions.
About the speaker
Dr. Dan Friess is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography NUS. Dan is a wetland scientist, and his lab’s research is focused on the role of physical processes in determining the stability, management and restoration of mangrove ecosystems. Current research projects relating to ecosystem services includes an assessment of mangrove carbon stocks in Singapore, and estimating the vulnerability of Southeast Asia’s mangroves to sea level rise. Dan was previously a postdoc at the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance. For more information, visitwww.themangrovelab.com