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New report calls for coastal wetlands to be protected -- their degradation contributes to climate change

Degraded coastal wetlands contribute to climate change 11 April 2011 | News story 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. The report, written in partnership with the International Union for 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. “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 Directo...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/?7239/Degraded-Coastal-Wetlands-Contr...

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