International Partnership for Blue Carbon
The International Partnership for Blue Carbon aims to build awareness, share knowledge and accelerate action to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Blue carbon is the carbon stored in mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. Improved management of these ecosystems can enhance food security, secure livelihoods, increase resilience and contribute to delivering Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through carbon sequestration and adaptation.
Launched by the Australian Government at COP21 in Paris, the Partnership brings together governments, non-profit organisations and research organisations to increase the understanding of, and accelerate action on, coastal blue carbon ecosystems.
The Australian Government is supporting countries in the Indo-Pacific region to build their capacity to protect coastal blue carbon ecosystems. This includes a $6 million Pacific Blue Carbon Initiative and a $2 million Indonesia-Australia Program. Both programs will strengthen blue carbon expertise and data, support integration of blue carbon into national greenhouse gas accounting and climate policy, and encourage public and private sector investment.