Webinar on Newly Approved VCS Methodology

VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoratio

Tidal wetlands are critical to the protection of coastlines against the damaging effects of climate change. They also possess a significant potential for carbon sequestration. Accordingly, restoring lost and degraded wetlands can yield significant climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits.

This methodology, developed by Restore America’s Estuaries and Silvestrum and approved by the Verified Carbon Standard, provides procedures for quantifying and reporting the greenhouse gas emission reductions generated by tidal wetland restoration projects developed anywhere in the world.

Join us for this free webinar to:

  • Learn the fundamentals of this new methodology
  • Determine what types of coastal restoration projects are eligible to use the methodology
  • Gain tips for applying the methodology
  • Gather insight from methodology validators for project approval

– VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration
– Blue Carbon in Practice: A manual for using the VM0033 methodology

Speaker Bios:
Sam Hoffer, Verified Carbon Standard
Sam serves as VCS’ Program Manager, where he is responsible for managing operations of the VCS Program. Sam also manages VCS’ work as an Offset Project Registry for the State of California. Sam is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he focused his studies on environmental economics, science and policy.

Steve Emmett-Mattox, Restore America’s Estuaries
Steve is senior director for strategic planning and programs and leads the national blue carbon initiative for Restore America’s Estuaries. He is a co-author of VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration and Coastal Blue Carbon in Practice as well as several other blue carbon publications. He is a member of the International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group and the National Working Group, and leads workshops throughout the country for coastal managers, advocates, scientists, and policy-makers.

Dr. Steve Crooks, Environmental Science Associates.
Dr. Crooks is an independent contractor and Climate Change Program Manager for Environmental Science Associates. Dr. Crooks is a wetland scientist /geomorphologist with 20 years of specialized experience in coastal wetland systems and their response to human impacts and climate change, and is a co-author of VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration and Coastal Blue Carbon in Practice as well as several other blue carbon publications.

Dr. Igino Emmer, Silvestrum
Igino Emmer holds a PhD in Earth Sciences and has been working in the field of land use and climate change since the early 1990s. He is a member of the CI/IUCN Blue Carbon Working Group, member to the FAO Working Group on Peatlands and has been the lead author of the VCS WRC requirements and various AFOLU baseline and monitoring methodologies, and led the development of the VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration.

Dr. Brian Needelman, University of Maryland
Brian is an Associate Professor of Soil Science at the University of Maryland in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology. He teaches and performs research in the fields of soil science, coastal wetlands, and coastal resiliency. His coastal wetland research focuses on management and restoration practices to increase tidal marsh sustainability including studies on carbon sequestration, methane emissions, prescribed burns, accretion, and the restoration of ditch-drained marshes.

Shawn McMahon, Environmental Services, Inc.
Mr. McMahon is a Senior Manager and Lead Verifier in the Forestry, Carbon, and GHG Services Division of ESI and is a Verified Carbon Standard AFOLU Expert for Wetlands Restoration and Conservation.  As a Lead Validator/Verifier for ESI Mr. McMahon specializes in third-party carbon offset validations and verifications.  He has been the Lead Assessor for 10+ methodologies and Lead Validator/Verifier on 59 projects.


Restore America’s Estuaries is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leads an alliance of eleven community-based conservation organizations working to protect and restore bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation. For more information, visitwww.estuaries.org

Verified Carbon Standard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that develops and manages standards frameworks that deliver significant social and environmental benefits within the context of climate change. For more information, visit www.v-c-s.org.