arrow arrow_up breadcrumb-chevron-right breadcrumb-home dropdown-arrow-down loader GALogoWUNEP menu read-more-plus rrss-email rrss-facebook rrss-flickr rrss-instagram rrss-linkedin rrss-twitter rrss-vimeo rrss-youtube rrss_google_plus rrss_skype rrss_web pdf search share play close filter-collapse filter edit media_photo_library media_video_library graphics pictures videos collections next

“Blue carbon” refers to the carbon linked to natural coastal and marine ecosystems. These ecosystems can aid in the mitigation of climate change by fixing and storing atmospheric carbon. Blue carbon ecosystems include tidal marshlands, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows, all of which are not only naturally beautiful but also filter pollution, house fish nurseries and buffer shorelines against storms. The sustainable management of these ecosystems can improve livelihoods around while mitigating for climate change.


GRID-Arendal´s Blue Carbon Programme promotes the sustainable management of blue carbon ecosystems through harnessing the value of carbon and other ecosystem services to achieve change. We work internationally through partners and networks and support the UN Environment’s mission and Blue Carbon Initiative.


The areas we work in include the following:

  • Coastal blue carbon – Advancing science and global demonstration projects and incorporating the value of blue carbon in international treaties such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This activity includes a focus on capacity building in developing nations.
  • Oceanic blue carbon – Advancing the science exploring the role of marine life in climate mitigation.
  • Blue carbon communications – Increasing the global understanding of the value of blue carbon through multiple communication platforms and outreach activities.

Status: In progress

Type: Programme

Programme: Blue Carbon

Tags: Blue Carbon Adaptation

Programme's activities

View all activities

Related publications

View all publications

Related news

View all news

Related Media

View all media