Once upon a time, in a Blue Forest far, far away...

Once upon a time, in a Blue Forest far, far away, there lived a group of international partners seeking to ensure that our mangroves, seagrasses and salt water marshes were protected for the future of human kind.

These magical habitats provide people with vital services, goods, functions and a powerful sense of well being; they are a source of culture and livelihoods and serve to defend our world against the effects of climate change. They are also some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes we have.

From Mozambique to Ecuador, Madagascar to Indonesia, this intrepid team of experts seeks methods and processes to bridge the mystical science and policy gap. Beginning this past and most auspicious week, with a gathering at UNEP headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya, this band of merry “Blue Forest-ers” has laid the foundations for an ambitious 4 year quest. Leading the Guild of Policy is IUCN; the Guild of Ecosystem Services is UNEP; the Guild of Science is Duke University; with UNEP-WCMC equipping the group with impressive geographic tools. WWF will guide the journey through Mozambique; Conservation International through the coasts of Ecuador; the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries will light the way through the Indonesian mangroves; and we follow Blue Ventures through to mysterious Madagascar. Inspired by the vision of UNEP, stewarded with enthusiasm by GRID-Arendal, we boldly venture along the shorelines of the realm of GEF.

We invite you to visit to follow this gripping saga. 

“Blue Forest-ers” gathered at UNEP headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya.



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