Mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and tidal marshes have long benefited coastal communities and fisheries, and in recent years have been recognised internationally for their significant capacity to sequester and store carbon, that is ‘Blue Carbon’. These Blue Carbon ecosystems are critical along the world's coasts, supporting coastal water quality, healthy fisheries, and providing protection against floods and storms.
IORA is committed to the protection and conservation of mangroves through the IORA Indian Ocean Blue Carbon Hub that aims to build knowledge and capacity relevant to protecting and restoring Blue Carbon ecosystems, including mangrove ecosystems. A key activity to be implemented by the Hub is a set of short ‘think tank’ meetings that will target the most promising areas for accelerated action.
The first ‘think tank’ meeting on blue carbon finance was hosted in February 2020 in Mauritius, and the second is planned to be held in Bangladesh. The “Early Career Visiting Scientist” programme is another initiative of the Hub, which has provided another opportunity for Member States to participate. In addition, Madagascar also hosted a workshop on “Improving knowledge for research on blue carbon in the Western Indian Ocean: Focus on seagrass and mangrove ecosystems” in May 2019.
In view of sharing knowledge and information on IORA’s initiative on blue carbon, the forthcoming webinar will enable speakers/experts to exchange information and knowledge on current developments on Blue Carbon.
The aim of the webinar is to share knowledge and information on current development on blue carbon in the IORA Region. The specific objectives are to:
Interested participants are requested to register via the following link:
The Zoom Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/s/86515522728?pwd=YjJOM3dWLzB5QnhHUit2R3ZCSkxCQT09
Meeting ID: 865 1552 2728
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