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Blue Carbon Initiative Policy and Science Working Groups 2018 Annual Meeting

Weihai, China  
28 August – 1 September 2018

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Jointly coordinated by the Third Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China and The International Blue Carbon Initiative with other relevant organisations the forum focused on blue carbon development in the Asia Pacific region. It aimed at sharing best practices and findings of blue carbon research and advancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of blue carbon science and policy developments.    

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At the Opening Ceremony

More than 100 participants representing government and non-governmental agencies, think tanks, and experts from the academe attended. Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of MIMA’s Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER) participated.

In general, the term blue carbon refers to the efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change through the conservation and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems i.e., mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes, through effective management strategies. When protected or restored, these ecosystems sequester and store carbon but emit the carbon stored into greenhouse gases to the atmosphere when degraded. Experts estimate that as much as 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide are being released annually from degraded coastal ecosystems globally. Due to its significance, there is presently greater emphasis by countries to incorporate blue carbon into related discussions under the Paris Agreement. 

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During the meeting

The forum highlighted and discussed recent developments, issues and challenges, as well as policy needs and synergies required between the blue carbon science and policy frameworks.

MIMA has earlier conducted initial assessment on blue carbon development at the national level. There are however several further areas that need addressing towards developing a sustainable blue carbon policy for the nation and to be at par with developments at the international fora which the country is a member of including the RAMSAR Convention and Paris Agreement. A brief commentary on the subject published earlier by MIMA is available at: Cheryl_MIMA SeaViews No 3-2017.pdf

MIMA will continue to play an active role in providing timely policy advocacy on recent and emerging developments towards achieving environmental and resource sustainability.

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