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Blue Carbon

Welcome to Blue Carbon

The blue carbon concept advances the important role some coastal ecosystems play in storing greenhouse gasses, thereby naturally helping to mitigate climate change. Blue carbon ecosystems include mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and tidal salt marshes.

These ecosystems are also vitally important to the livelihoods and cultural heritage of many in coastal communities around the world, through the myriad of valuable ecosystem services they provide, including fisheries, tourism, biodiversity, shoreline protection, and adaptation to climate change.

Project function

GRID-Arendal has blue carbon competency in the following areas:

- Blue carbon assessments
- Information and education services
- Knowledge and stakeholder networking
- Capacity building and training services
- Policy and science frameworks

Project focus

GRID-Arendal employs a regional approach for blue carbon, with a focus on capacity building and developing countries. We actively explore partnerships and support UNEP’s mission and blue carbon initiative. Our present efforts include an evaluation of what blue carbon can mean for the following regions:

- Asia/Pacific (& the Coral Triangle)
- West Africa

Blue Carbon Blog

Posts by Steven Lutz
Coastal carbon included in White House plan
17 Apr 2013 |
‘Blue Carbon’ project in the UAE
18 Mar 2013 |
Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits
18 Mar 2013 |
Blue carbon in the UAE
17 Mar 2013 |
Indonesia's Mangrove Ambassadors Programme
13 Mar 2013 |
Management and Conservation of Mangroves Workshop
06 Mar 2013 |
Economic imperative for protecting mangrove ecosystems
27 Feb 2013 |
New Website Puts Spotlight on Blue Carbon
19 Dec 2012 |