Blue carbon and the Partnership

What is blue carbon and why is it important?

Coastal blue carbon ecosystems – mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses – are important for addressing climate change and securing social, economic and environmental outcomes. These ecosystems sequester two to four times more carbon than terrestrial forests (Murray et al, Nicolas Institute, 2011).

Improved management of these ecosystems can enhance food security, secure livelihoods, increase resilience, and contribute to delivering Nationally Determined Contributions through carbon sequestration.

When degraded or lost, blue carbon ecosystems can become significant emission sources. Mangrove deforestation is estimated to be around as much as 10 per cent of emissions from deforestation globally (Donato et al, Nature Geoscience 2011).

What is the International Partnership for Blue Carbon?

We aim to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems by:

The Partnership is not a funding body, but instead aims to better connect the efforts of governments, research organisations and non-government organisations. It also aims to build on the significant initiatives already under way in this area.
About 50 countries have recognised the value of blue carbon in their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement (NDCs). The Partnership, over time, will build awareness and capacity to enable additional countries to include blue carbon in their NDCs. Future actions will include catalysing project development at larger scales in priority regional ‘hotspots’ and linking blue carbon projects with climate finance.

Read more about the International Partnership for Blue Carbon in these background documents.

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