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Knowledge sharing for the protection and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems through the International Partnership for Blue Carbon and in the Indo-Pacific.
by Department of the Environment and Energy (Government)
Australia leads the International Partnership for Blue Carbon which aims to enhance the protection and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems that sequester carbon in mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. It aims to do so by raising awareness, sharing knowledge and accelerating practical action. The Partnership was announced during the Paris climate change conference in 2015.

Australia is taking an active role within the region, including supporting Coral Triangle and IORA countries to collaborate on the protection of blue carbon ecosystems. This includes an initial Coral Triangle workshop in the Philippines in August 2017, with a proposed IORA summit to follow.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
June 2018
Facilitating the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience to build capacity in blue carbon related policy, science and practical action
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific Research
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 June - 2018 June
The Partnership includes: Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, the UAE, the United States, the Blue Carbon Initiative (Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)), Centre for International Forestry Research, CSIRO, Global Change Institute (University of Queensland), GRID-Arendal, SPREP, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, The Nature Conservancy, Blue Ventures and WWF.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Zoe Sinclair, A/g Assistant Director, International Negotiations, International Branch, zoe.sinclair@environment.gov.au, +61 2 6159 7546
Canberra, Australia
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