‘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.
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.
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).
More than 60 participants gathered in Abu Dhabi, UAE for the second annual workshop of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon to track the Partnership’s progress and set future priorities.
The workshop, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, was held on 11-13 July 2017 and involved governments, regional and non-government organisations and research institutions.
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.