Monday, 6 December 2010

Call for inclusion of Blue Carbon @ COP16

Blue Carbon Solutions for Climate Change

The Blue Climate Coalition have prepared an open statement to the Delegates of COP16 calling for blue carbon solutions for climate change. The statement highlights yet another of the many vital roles played by coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, salt marshes and kelp forests – that of carbon sequestration. It also hints at the promising research to understand the role that whales, sharks and fin fish play as carbon sinks.
The statement, which is signed by 55 marine and environmental stakeholders from 19 countries present four clear recommendations for action:

We respectfully ask Parties to the Conference to consider the following actions:

> Include the conservation and restoration of mangrove, saltwater marsh, seagrass, and kelp ecosystems in your strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation;

> Establish a global Blue Carbon Fund for the protection and management of these important coastal ecosystems;

> Include blue carbon sinks in national REDD+ strategies and greenhouse gas accounting; and

> Support coordinated scientific research to better quantify blue carbon’s role in climate mitigation, including the development of protocols and methodologies for monitoring, reporting, and verification of coastal and marine carbon sinks.

The full statement can be found here (

The contact for the Blue Climate Coalition is: Steven J Lutz, Blue Climate Solutions

The Blue Climate Coalition was formed in November 2009 to help advance coastal and marine conservation as part of the solution to climate change. Over 100 conservation groups and environmental stakeholders, and over 150 scientists together from 43 countries, have joined the Coalition’s call to support blue carbon solutions for climate change.


See also - -

In Cancun, everyone’s talking about Blue Carbon

A Call for Blue Carbon in Cancun at COP16

And regarding the Blue Climate Coalition's recent D.C. efforts targeting the White House (stressing the economic importance of healthy coasts and oceans) and the Global Environment Facility - -

Blue Works: Marine Conservation and Restoration Projects Advanced as Economic Stimulus and as Part of the Solution to Climate Change

Blue Carbon Message Presented

-Steven Lutz, Blue Climate Solutions