United Nations
To foster greater blue carbon cooperation in the Indian Ocean region
by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government)
Australia commits to foster greater blue carbon awareness and cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. Australia is a leader in blue carbon and is playing its role in championing greater blue carbon cooperation in the Indian Ocean region to mitigate the impacts of climate change and enable new opportunities for sustainable economic growth.
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
March 2018
Australia plans to hold a symposium in 2018 to develop a common understanding of blue carbon and a framework for future blue carbon priorities in the Indian Ocean region.
Financing (in USD)
355,290 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific research and program management
Basic information
Time-frame: July 2017 - December 2018
Australia (Government), CSIRO (Scientific organisation), International Blue Carbon Partnership, and other research and academic organisations.
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Tamara Alexander Khosla , Assistant Director, Indian Ocean Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamara.Khosla@dfat.gov.au, +61 2 6261 3386
Canberra, Australia
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