Help from Kelp


Kelps are large brown macroalgae which can grow extremely fast, with reported growth rates of up to half a metre a day. They develop dense forests, ultimately reaching 30 to 80 meters high, throughout temperate and polar oceans worldwide and provide numerous benefits...

Dugong & Seagrass Research Toolkit


The Third Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU) met on March 13-14 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was the largest international gat...

Ecosystem Services of Blue Forests


The nine sites of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF’s) Blue Forests Project focus on coastal ecosystems, including mangroves, seagrass beds and salt marshes. They provide a wide range of ecosystem services ranging from coastal protection and fish habitat to ...

The Ocean as the New Frontier of Climate Action


The Paris Agreement has set a new direction and road map for the world. Governments adopted this historical agreement and presented Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that describe their plans and actions towards a cleaner development path, and a more climate...

A Global Map of Saltmarshes


Saltmarshes are extremely valuable but often overlooked blue forest ecosystems. They contribute to livelihoods locally and globally, through the associated ecosystem services they provide; including fish production, carbon storage and coastal protection. Despite thei...

Blue Carbon Image Database 1.0


Have you ever needed a good blue carbon-related image but couldn’t find one? Fear no more, list of free distribution non-commercial blue carbon related images is now available!The UN Environment/GEF Blue Forests Project is developing a database of relevant images t...

Blue Forests & Paris Agreement


The global collaboration between the Global Environment Facility, UN Environment, GRID-Arendal and partners has proven valuable in helping nations realize the climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits from the protection and restoration of coastal and marine ...

The Women of Blue Carbon


19 March 1911, marked the first International Women’s Day where over one million women and men demanded equal rights for women to vote and hold public office without discrimination on the job. During the years of World War I, celebration of this day had been in a f...

Blue Carbon on the 2030 Agenda


The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets the roadmap for integrated management approaches of natural systems, through the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), including oceans and coasts, the focus of Goal 14. The SDGs have been developed as a means to o...

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