Wetlands Conservation Finance Workshop Summary

Tool Resource
Resource Date: 2019

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve is leveraging approaches and lessons learned from the first Bringing Wetlands to Market project, which was developed by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and supported by the NERRS Science Collaborative. In their 2016 Science Transfer project, Mission-Aransas Reserve provided outreach to communicate blue carbon concepts and highlight relevant scientific research to currently engaged blue carbon end users in Texas. 

As part of this project, the reserve and its partner hosted the "Wetlands Conservation Finance: Texas Style" workshop on December 19, 2017 to: explore ways to generate a return on investment from wetland preservation and restoration projects; investigate strategies and techniques to quantify social, environmental, and financial benefits of restoration; and identify partnerships and opportunities to advance wetlands conservation finance in Texas. This document summarizes this workshop, outlining information learned, recommendations for moving forward, and next steps in blue carbon finance research in Texas.