Monday, August 27, 2012

Blue Carbon in the Coral Triangle

WWF Australia recently published the 2012 report "Blue Carbon - A new concept for reducing the impacts of climate change by conserving coastal ecosystems in the Coral Triangle."

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WWF Australia aims at politicians, governments, businesses and organizations that influence the development of policies and strategies in climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty alleviation, natural resource use, biodiversity conservation and economics. The aim of the report is to stimulate discussion and debate on how to promote and utilize healthy coastal ecosystems and the valuable benefits they provide to support a sustainable and more climate resilient future for communities within the Coral Triangle.

Key blue carbon statements:

Policy:

  • Build on existing policy mechanisms that support integrated coastal zone management to ensure a priority focus on coastal ecosystems management;
  • Reduce current greenhouse gas emissions from degraded coastal ecosystems through improved conservation and restoration;
  • Leverage existing coastal ecosystem conservation programs to use blue carbon as a means to provide ongoing funding to regional and national coastal ecosystem livelihood improvement programs and site-level adaptation projects.

Governance:

  • Build on and including blue carbon into existing regional, national and sub- national climate change policies, strategies and adaptation action plans;
  • Work with the Global Blue Carbon Initiative to influence the UNFCCC.

Science:

  • Commence pilot and demonstration projects geared towards the collection of coastal ecosystem carbon emissions data in preparation for an offset scheme should it become available down the track.

Communities:

  • Build resilience in coastal communities to improve food security and wellbeing through developing natural adaptation strategies for coastal communities through community led conservation of coastal ecosystems.

- Posted by Sven Stadtmann, GRID-Arendal

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