IPBC Partners gathered for a two-day virtual event that allowed them to build new connections, exchange on the needs and priorities for blue carbon at the national and international levels, review the Partnership’s progress, and agree on the way forward for the Partnership.

Blue carbon is expected to be part of the agenda of numerous international forums in 2021, including the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands COP14 in Wuhan, China and the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China.

IPBC Partners agreed to work in close collaboration in the lead-up to these events to build and convey a common message on blue carbon and nature-based solutions for climate change, biodiversity and livelihoods, as well as to agree on how the IPBC can help amplify this message and stimulate action through its presence at these forums.

The Dialogue also outlined a list of priority activities and practical collaboration to be progressed in the upcoming months. This includes developing a series of knowledge exchange sessions on areas of interest, such as blue carbon financing and meeting national NDCs through blue carbon activities.

The Partners Dialogue was co-convened by the IPBC Coordinator Team[i] and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea and was attended by more than 50 participants in representation of the 48 IPBC Partners.

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[i] Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.