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Australia includes seagrass in National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Australia is pleased to announce the inclusion of seagrass in its National Inventory Report 2016 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, released April 2018 using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2013 Supplement to the 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (the Wetlands Supplement).

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Newsletter – Volume 2, June 2018 – International Partnership for Blue Carbon

The International Partnership for Blue Carbon has released the second volume of its newsletter, a copy of the newsletter can be found here!  This volume includes profiles on our newest Partners, Restore America’s Estuaries and EcoViva, updates on upcoming events and links to new research from The Nature Conservancy.

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Event Update: Third Annual Partnership Meeting and Pacific Blue Carbon Workshop

Event update: PACIFIC BLUE CARBON WORKSHOP & THRID ANNUAL IPBC MEETING
Suva, Fiji 18-21 SEPTEMBER 2018
Hosted by the International Partnership for Blue Carbon and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat-Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner (PIFS-OPOC)

Please indicate your interest in attending one or both events by emailing bluecarbonpartnership@environment.gov.au or using the contact form.

Read more in the flyer below.

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Korean officials visit Australia for blue carbon exchange

Australian and Korean government officials met recently in Canberra, Australia to share knowledge about incorporating coastal ecosystems in national greenhouse gas inventories.

The exchange was hosted by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy on 16 April 2018. It provided in-depth sessions on Australia’s policy and technical approach for reporting emissions and removals from mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses.

Australia is progressively implementing the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (the ‘Wetlands Supplement’), and Korea is getting ready to undertake a similar process.

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Event announcement: Incorporating Coastal Wetlands Into Inventories

Event announcement: INCORPORATING COASTAL WETLANDS INTO INVENTORIES
Brisbane, Australia 12 –13 JULY 2018
Hosted by the Government of Australia and the University of Queensland

Read more in the flyer below

If you would like to attend, please send an expression of interest by email by 28 May to: zoe.sinclair@environment.gov.au
cc: bluecarbonpartnership@environment.gov.au

Indian Ocean delegates dive in to blue carbon

Policymakers and technical officers from the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) met in Perth from 19 to 23 March 2018 for the inaugural Indian Ocean Blue Carbon Conference. Through a series of presentations and discussions, hands-on activities in the field at Rottnest Island and in the laboratory at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, participants built their understanding of practical ecosystem management and policy approaches to achieve climate mitigation and adaptation outcomes, as well as the important co-benefits coastal blue carbon ecosystems offer. The conference provided the impetus for IORA to develop a regional understanding of coastal blue carbon ecosystems and for countries to collaborate and coordinate efforts to reach shared goals.

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Pacific on stage at COP23

Australia and Fiji, with the support of partners SPREP and TNC, hosted a high-level event at COP23, Addressing the challenge of climate change – the importance of coastal blue carbon ecosystems in the Pacific.

Blue carbon ecosystems are important in the Pacific – mangroves cover 10-12 per cent of land area in the Federated States of Micronesia, PNG and Palau. The event highlighted existing Pacific efforts to protect and restore these ecosystems and involved discussion on opportunities to advance work further.

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