New blue carbon activity available for download

The Partnership has just published a new Policy Assessment Activity available for download on the Tools and Resources page here.

Drawing on the National Blue Carbon Policy Assessment Framework and Tool by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (2016, Herr.D et al) this new activity presents a short, desktop or workshop style template which anybody can undertake to conduct a broad, but insightful assessment of policy conditions supporting blue carbon action.

Test your knowledge using the tool and let us know what you think.

Pacific Workshop and Third Annual IPBC Meeting, Suva September 2018

Participants of the Third Annual IPBC Meeting at the PIFS Campus in Suva, Fiji September 2018

Read the Summary Report here:

More than 60 participants met in Suva, Fiji to attend events from 18-21 September held by the International Partnership for Blue Carbon with co-hosts the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat – Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner.

There was a strong Pacific representation from Fiji, Kiribati, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu. Many other countries and organisations participated including Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sierra Leone, as well as Conservation International and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

A key theme of both events was the value of coastal ecosystems to the Pacific region and the importance of improving the availability of data. There was also a continued discussion around access to finance to support blue carbon efforts.

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Experiences shared on coastal wetlands in GHG Inventories

See also new publication: Wetlands exchange – lessons learned

A lack of data for coastal wetlands and the potential for improving mangrove coverage were among the challenges and opportunities identified at a recent technical exchange ‘Incorporating Coastal Wetlands into Inventories’. The Partnership, with hosts the University of Queensland, held the event on 12-13 July 2018.

Government representatives from Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States joined scientists, non-government organisations to share their experiences and recent science at the event.


A key component of the workshop was the presentation and discussion of case studies by Australia, Indonesia, the United States and the UAE.

Delegates for the ‘Incorporating Coastal Wetlands into Inventories’ technical exchange at the University of Queensland

Australia, the US and UAE have all used recent guidance from the IPCC, the Wetlands Supplement, to report on the ecosystems. Indonesia holds large areas of coastal ecosystems and currently reports on mangroves as part of their forest sector. Indonesia has also begun considering using the Wetlands Supplement.

This workshop aimed to 1) discover impediments to adopting the new guidance within the Wetlands Supplement; 2) document the process of including coastal wetlands within national greenhouse gas reporting in those countries which have made progress to adopting the Wetlands Supplement in order to better understand how the Wetlands Supplement can be used, and 3) develop solutions and share knowledge to facilitate enhanced adoption of the Wetlands Supplement.

Delegates left the exchange with an increased understanding of the guidance and confidence to explore next steps for including blue carbon in their inventories.

The Partnership has published lessons learned from the workshop in a short report. These lessons will also be discussed at the Partnership’s upcoming meeting on 19-21 September in Suva, Fiji.

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

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 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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