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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New information product: an introduction for policy makers

The Partnership has released a new information product especially for policy makers.  It can be downloaded in PDF here or from the Resources page of the website.

Coastal blue carbon: an introduction for policy makers’ describes some of the challenges and opportunities in developing policies and undertaking projects to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems. It provides a snapshot of the significant progress made in science, policy and practical action for coastal blue carbon ecosystems, and case studies highlighting projects, policy approaches and initiatives from around the world.

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Indian Ocean fellows in Australia

Eleven visiting blue carbon fellows from the western Indian Ocean region visited Australia in November this year to participate in capacity building in the Blue Economy framework, with a focus on blue carbon.

CSIRO led the fellowship through the Australia Awards program and hosted fellows from the island nations of Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles. The visit provided the fellows with intensive classroom-based lectures from researchers and academics from all over Australia, including the CSIRO, the Universities of Western Australia, Melbourne and Queensland, Edith Cowan University, and Australian industry.

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Raising awareness in the Coral Triangle

IPBC members Australia and Conservation International held an awareness-raising and knowledge sharing workshop on blue carbon last week in Tagaytay, Philippines. The workshop was held for government and academic members of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group (CCA TWG) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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