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


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


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


Blue Carbon – Integrating Ocean Ecosystems in Global Climate Action


Incorporating coastal wetlands in inventories


Wetlands exchange – Lessons Learned


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



The Blue Carbon Policy Training Course

The Blue Carbon Policy Training Course is designed to equip policy makers with the knowledge and skills to identify and develop blue carbon initiatives and projects. The course includes 8 engaging and accessible modules that build key capabilities through self-paced learning, recorded webinars, practical activities, and reflection questions.

After completing this course, policy makers will be able to promote blue carbon actions in their own jurisdictions, working with communities and diverse public and private stakeholder groups, to achieve genuine and sustainable climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes.

Module 2 looks at international policy frameworks that are relevant to blue carbon.

Module 2

Module 5 looks at climate finance and carbon markets, and how these are relevant to blue carbon.

Module 5

Blue Carbon Policy Assessment Activity


Blue Carbon Assessment Activity Worksheet