Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Looking after coastal carbon sinks: Blue Carbon Policy Framework 2.0 released

The International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group, co-organized by IUCN and Conservation International, revisited the Blue Carbon policy recommendations. The Blue Carbon Policy Framework 2.0 outlines new and revised activities needed to improve restoration, conservation and management of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses through coastal conservation and climate change mitigation policies and financing processes. It takes into account the outcomes of the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban and other relevant fora.


The report outlines policy and financial opportunities to achieve conservation, restoration and sustainable use of coastal ecosystems, and to provide disincentives to drain or damage coastal systems. The framework is intended to guide and coordinate the activities of Blue Carbon stakeholders including NGOs, government, multi-lateral institutions, private sector and research institutions from the marine and the climate change communities. It focuses on the UNFCCC, but includes recommendations for activities under the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as well as other regional and national governance structures.

The International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group consists of experts in coastal science, environmental policy and economics, and project implementation from within the climate change and marine communities. The group is part of the Blue Carbon Initiative, the first integrated programme focused on mitigating climate change by conserving and restoring coastal marine ecosystems globally. The initiative is lead by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, working with partners from national governments, research institutions, NGOs, coastal communities, intergovernmental and international bodies and other relevant stakeholders