International impact of Blue Carbon in Abu Dhabi


One success that the Blue Forests Project is particularly proud of comes through co-finance from the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Global Data Initiative (AGEDI).In November 2012, the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project was initiated by the AGEDI and...

Blue Forests in 360!


As a lovely ‘flashback Friday’, we are happy to share with you the 360 footage that were taken in January in Panama during the Blue Forests Regional Workshop and in and around some of the most beautiful mangroves of Bocas Del Toro on Panama’s Caribbean coast. ...

Green barriers in the blue


Seagrasses are marine plants found across the world. They form underwater meadows and are vitally important through the many benefits they provide, including water filtration, serving as a nursery and home for many organisms, including commercially important fish and...

Blue carbon climate mitigation potential still largely ignored


The climate mitigation potential of coastal carbon-rich ecosystems such as mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses – often referred to as coastal ‘blue carbon ecosystems’ – is often overlooked in national climate change policies, according to an article publish...

Plastic coasts and corals?


Tourist advertising is full of pictures of pristine coastlines, mangrove forests and coral reefs. At first glance, these areas appear as a paradise for marine and coastal creatures – and travellers who want to visit them.Unfortunately, what the photos don’t show ...

Seagrass carbon in the NOWPAP Region


Following the international policy engagement of the UN Environment/GEF Blue Forests Project, we were invited last month to lead the discussions on methodologies for assessing the blue carbon storage potential of seagrasses at the 1st International Workshop on the As...

From Problems to Solutions


The destruction we are inflicting on the oceans is shocking – but there is hope as countries step up to reverse the decline, writes IUCN’s Dorothee Herr from the UN Ocean Conference which closes in New York today. The corridors are full; side-event rooms not big ...

Room for (Blue) Growth?


This week government representatives and a range of other stakeholders will be meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the Ocean Conference, coinciding with World Oceans Day on June 8.This is a crucial opportunity to assess progress and develop sha...

Ocean Secrets


The ocean has a secret.I am very lucky to work in the field of ocean health. I grew up in a coastal English village, and spent a lot of time looking at the sea, wondering at its secrets. Now I’m working to preserve them.The ocean, as we know, is critical to all oxy...

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