The Policy Working Group provides the policy foundation of the Blue Carbon Initiative. Expert members of the Working Group focus on

    • Providing a framework for policy development that maximizes conservation of carbon in coastal  ecosystems and mobilizes the implementation of that framework; and
    • Building an integrated blue carbon community that supports policy implementation.

    To work toward these goals, the Working Group is

      • Identifying current climate, coastal and ocean policy issues and opportunities and evaluating the applicability to blue carbon conservation, restoration, and sustainable use;
      • Developing new policy measures and financial incentives where needed, to enhance climate change mitigation through conservation, restoration and sustainable use of blue carbon;
      • Supporting the highest priority activities identified by the Working Group; and
      • Identifying additional policy and economic analysis and necessary partnerships to implement policy priorities.

    The Working Group consists of experts in environmental policy and economics and project implementation from within the climate change and marine conservation communities. The Working Group was formed in July 2011 to support activities that identify opportunities to integrate and implement blue carbon ecosystems in existing policy frameworks. The Working Group collaborates with blue carbon scientific experts to ensure the most current and accurate science is available to decision-makers at the highest levels of government.

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Blue Carbon Event Calendar

  • July 7, 2015 - July 10, 2015

    Our Common Future Under Climate Change
    UNESCO, Paris France

    This four-day conference will be the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015 (“Paris Climate 2015”). Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the Conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues. The Conference will also welcome Side Events organized by different stakeholders. For more information please visit their website here.

  • September 23, 2015 - September 25, 2015

    Blue Carbon Initiative’s Scientific Working Group Meeting
    Zanzibar, Tanzania

    The workshop will bring together the research community and regional leaders to assess the status of Sub Saharan Africa’s coastal wetland systems and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for future research.