World Bank Report Calls for Coastal Wetlands Protection
Source: ABC Live
April 12, 2011
"The World Bank in association with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and wetland specialists ESA PWA, calls for coastal wetlands to be protected and incentives for avoiding their degradation and improving their restoration to be included into carbon emission reduction strategies and in climate negotiations.
Drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly to the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration, a new World Bank report has found.
"For the first time we are getting a sense that greenhouse gas losses from drained and degraded coastal wetlands may be globally significant and that drained organic-rich soils continuously release carbon for decades," says Stephen Crooks, Climate Change Services Director at ESA PWA— the consulting firm which looked at 15 coastal deltas worldwide for the report."
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