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.
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
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