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Time for Indonesia to optimize blue carbon habitats

  • Sigit D Sasmito

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Darwin, Australia   /   Sat, October 19, 2019   /  12:38 pm
Time for Indonesia to optimize blue carbon habitats The archipelago has approximately 3 million hectares of mangroves and seagrass with carbon storage equaling 6 percent of the carbon stored in the whole forest biomass in the country. Clearly, Indonesia’s blue carbon ecosystems play a significant role in carbon management. (JP/Markus Makur)

Prior to and during the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, United States, last month, there was an increasing recognition of the potential use of natural ecosystems for climate change adaptation and mitigation in addition to limiting fossil fuel consumption. For several decades, scientists have informed us of the crucial roles natural habitats play in regulating global climate. Yet, the area of natural habitats, particularly tropical forests, is declining at a rapid rate. During the summit, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, very bravely, reminded global political leaders that we may not achieve global climate targets in time if we don’t act now and listen to what science tells us. In a short film released prior to the summit, she joined forces with environmental columnist George Monbiot and underlined the importance of natural ecosystems, such as tro...

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