‘Sell-out’ side event on blue carbon at SGD14

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.

The event followed the format of a high level panel discussion facilitated by Kathy B McLeod of TNC, followed by an audience Q&A. Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells pointed to Australia’s recently released national greenhouse gas inventory which includes improved emissions reporting and carbon storage for mangroves and tidal marshes. His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi of UAE highlighted the valuable role these ecosystems play in the region, and previewed the upcoming annual workshop of the Partnership, to be hosted by the UAE in July (11 – 13).

Panel members shared lessons learned in pursuing action to protect and conserve these ecosystems, and activities that could respond to shared challenges. Priorities were:

  • stronger communication of the tools available and options for integrating coastal blue carbon responses into national mitigation and adaptation plans
  • steps to de-risk investment in blue carbon, possibly by building a portfolio of beginning to end projects that can demonstrate success
  • working with communities to achieve multiple benefits from ecosystems services, in addition to carbon outcomes

The group recognised the International Partnership for Blue Carbon as a platform for countries and organisations to discuss their commitments towards the conservation and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems.

Australia organised the event in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, IOC-UNESCO, Conservation International and IUCN. Partners CSIRO, CI and WWF also contributed to the event. The Partnership would like to thank everyone who participated.

Top: High level speakers during the panel session
(from left) Kosi Latu, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme; Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Government of Australia; Kathy B McLeod, The Nature Conservancy; His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Government of the United Arab Emirates
(Not pictured): Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
Bottom: a large crowd of country and NGO representatives joined the discussion.