The Partnership’s packed side event at SDG14 The Ocean Conference identified policy guidance and de-risking investment as priorities for blue carbon. The event promoted the potential for coastal blue carbon ecosystems to support food security, sustainable oceans and climate action. National and subnational examples demonstrated how coastal blue carbon ecosystems can contribute to the implementation of SDG14 and other goals under the 2030 Agenda.
Australia, with NGO partners, will host a side event on behalf of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon at the SDG14 Conference in New York this June.
The event will bring together senior government representatives, and scientific and technical experts, to examine how coastal blue carbon ecosystems can support Sustainable Development Goals on food security, oceans and climate action.
The International Partnership for Blue Carbon has had a busy year in 2016. As well as being showcased at the UNFCCC’s COP22 in Marrakech, the Partnership featured at the IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Hawai‘i in September 2016. A blog piece published by National Geographic in December gives a report on the workshop at the Congress titled ‘Using blue carbon to foster conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems’, which was led by our partner, the Blue Carbon Initiative.
High level representatives of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon met at the Gulf Cooperation Council Pavilion at COP22, on Monday 14 November 2016, to share insights and discuss action on blue carbon.
The International Partnership for Blue Carbon, the Australian Government and Wetlands International hosted an official COP22 side event in Marrakech on Saturday 12 November 2016.
The event focused on reasons and avenues to include blue carbon in Nationally Determined Contributions. The topic received a high level of interest with representatives from NGOs, policy makers and academics filling the audience and reflecting the diversity of speakers and topics discussed.
Australian Ambassador for the Environment, Patrick Suckling, was recently interviewed for a guest article on IISD’s Global Climate Bulletin about the International Partnership for Blue Carbon, COP22 events, and blue carbon policy in Australia.
We are online! The International Partnership for Blue Carbon website went live on 8 November 2016. Thank you to our Partners CSIRO and the Australian Government who collaborated on this activity.
The International Partnership for Blue Carbon, along with Wetlands International and the Australian Government, will be holding an official COP22 side-event at the upcoming UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
The inaugural workshop for the International Partnership for Blue Carbon was held in Bogor, Indonesia, on 23-24 August 2016. The workshop was very successful, with participants agreeing on the Partnership’s objectives, coordination and priority actions. Discussions on future activities focused on catalysing project development at larger scales in priority regional ‘hotspots’, and linking blue carbon projects with climate finance.