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Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon


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A new Rapid Response Assessment report released 14 October 2009 at the Diversitas Conference, Cape Town Conference Centre, South Africa. Compiled by experts at GRID-Arendal and UNEP in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UNESCO International Oceanographic Commissions and other institutions, the report highlights the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining our climate and in assisting policy makers to mainstream an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives

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ECOSYSTEM BASED ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION (153kb)
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Contributors (33kb)
References (191kb)

“Out of all the biological carbon captured in the world, over half is captured by marine living organisms hence it is called blue carbon.”

“The objective of this report is to highlight the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining our climate and in assisting policy makers to mainstream an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives.”

Comments/Feedback

Hiromi - 02 May 2010
What's the difference between 'blue carbon' & 'blue carbon sinks'?
Student - 05 May 2010
what are the effects of climate change on the earth due to 'blue carbon sinks'?
Grad Student Ecuador - 14 Jun 2010
Does a Spanish version of this report exist?
Thank you
Jon P - 02 Aug 2010
Hey, thought you should know that there are several pdfs here that are not linked correctly. I couldn't access the Executive Summary, Glossary, Acronyms or References...my web browser said that the pages could not be found. Just an fyi. Hope you can correct this.
- - 12 Aug 2010
what is blue carbon sinks?
v - 13 Aug 2010
what is blue carbon?
juan - 29 Aug 2010
How I can Cite this report??
- - 30 Aug 2010
Description of BLUE CARBON from Executive Summary: "Out of all the biological carbon (or green carbon) captured in
the world, over half (55%) is captured by marine living organisms– not on land – hence it is called blue carbon".
Aime L. Dela Pena - 09 Jun 2011
Very informative and brief yet comprehensive. I like this....it refreshen my Chemical Oceanography and Physical Oceanography as well as Ecology courses. The best integration for marine biology.Very much useful for local coastal managers and research beginners...thank you for this.

SNEHA - 21 Nov 2011
VERY INFORMATIVE ABOUT BLUE CARBON.COULD ADD MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING.
neil - 27 Nov 2011
please give information about blue carbon for grade 6
Arunjit - 01 Dec 2011
very informative report for marine biologist and more useful for research scholar. good points on regarding ocean acidification
Gayatri Raghwa - 02 Dec 2011
Need teachers resource material on Blue carbon
Sam f - 05 Dec 2011
I wanted an easy, but brief defination of blue carbon but this is so comprehensive..... anyway nice work!
Philip, Denmark - 13 Dec 2011
This is very promising
I was looking for carbon cycle sinks and sources documentation and found it here i competiton with NOAA
thank you
mohamedfaro76 - 20 Dec 2011
blue carbon , is it damping in sea?

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