RESOURCES FOR POLICY MAKERS

The introduction to blue carbon for policy makers describes some of the challenges and opportunities in developing policies and undertaking projects to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems, while highlighting work already underway. It is hoped the document will serve as a reference for those who are new to blue carbon and those who are seeking to bring a greater focus on blue carbon in their jurisdictions.

Coastal blue carbon: an introduction for policy makers

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This document provides an overview of the main international frameworks and conventions that address the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of coastal blue carbon ecosystems. Some of these frameworks and conventions specifically include coastal blue carbon ecosystems as part of their Parties’ commitments, while others guide action towards other objectives that are strictly interconnected with coastal blue carbon ecosystems, such as the conservation of critical habitats and specific ecosystem types.

Coastal Blue Carbon Ecosystems in International Frameworks and Conventions Overview Report

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By incorporating coastal wetland (or blue carbon) ecosystems into National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (NGGIs), countries can improve the continual monitoring and reporting of the condition of these ecosystems and recognise the valuable contribution they provide to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Coastal Wetlands in National Greenhouse Inventories

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Blue Carbon – Integrating Ocean Ecosystems in Global Climate Action

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Incorporating coastal wetlands in inventories

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Wetlands exchange – Lessons Learned

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Fact Sheet: What is blue carbon and why is it important?

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