Partners meet for the second annual workshop in Abu Dhabi

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.

Participants considered challenges and opportunities to protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses) through the following workshop sessions:

  • discussion of a ‘blue carbon stocktake’, providing an overview of blue carbon science, policy and practical action;
  • presentations on regional action and experiences in the Arabian Peninsula, the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and the Americas; and
  • discussions under the Partnership’s three focal groups on finance, tools and methods, and governance and linkages.

The discussions are informing the development of the Partnership’s roadmap for 2017-18 and the identification of priority activities. Some of these activities include the development of:

  • a blue carbon ‘narrative’ inclusive of a Partnership-endorsed definition of blue carbon and its relevance to policy-makers.
  • guidance for incorporating blue carbon into Nationally Determined Contributions and financing opportunities to support business case development and access to blue carbon finance and investment.
  • case studies demonstrating how blue carbon projects have been rolled out in different country contexts.

The Partnership will also be considering how to improve the online discoverability of and access to key blue carbon resources, particularly for blue carbon new entrants.

Partners will now have an opportunity to help develop and refine the scope of these activities further, and identify where they can make contributions. In the next 12 months, the Partnership will focus on broadening its regional representation of governments and NGOs.

For more information please contact the Coordinator.

For particularly adventurous workshop attendees, the second day commenced with an early morning field trip – a kayak tour around Abu Dhabi’s Mangrove National Park.