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Insight: Coastal blue carbon: Why should we care?

  • Daniel Murdiyarso

Bogor, West Java   /   Mon, November 7 2016   /  08:03 am

Delegates are gathering for the 22nd session of a climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, from Nov. 7 to 18. It is interesting to note that after so many years, oceans will be part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) agenda. Why oceans? Why now?

Do oceans and seas have anything to do with the global climate? As a maritime continent with more than 90,000 kilometers of coastline, Indonesia has a lot of reasons to be concerned with the ocean agenda.

Coastal blue carbon is known as the carbon stored in tidal wetland ecosystems, which includes tidally influenced forests, mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows. It is kept within soil, living biomass and non-living biomass carbon pools.

Coastal blue carbon is a subset of blue carbon that also includes ocean blue carbon, which represents carbon stor...