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Jakarta Post

Scientists call for blue carbon mainstreaming

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 19 2018   /  01:03 am

Scientists have urged stakeholders — from the government to local communities — to take part in efforts to put blue carbon on the national agenda to mitigate climate change and improve people’s livelihoods.

The call was made during the two-day Blue Carbon Summit, an international scientific conference organized by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) in partnership with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which ended on Wednesday.

Blue carbon ecosystems, which include mangroves and seagrasses, have been deemed an important component in climate change mitigation because of their significant carbon storage capacities and ability to “help coastal regions keep pace with the rising sea level”, CIFOR scientist Daniel Murdiyarso said on Wednesday.

“Blue carbon ecosystems also provide numerous services to people, and now is the time to co...