Have you heard of blue carbon?
Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems.
Australia is recognised internationally for its leadership on blue carbon launching the International Partnership for Blue Carbon in 2015. Protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems is a key element of this. Blue carbon is the carbon stored in worlds coastal ocean ecosystems: mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrasses and potentially macroalgae.
While the ocean's vegetated habitats cover less than 0.5% of the seabed, they account for more than 50% of all carbon storage in ocean sediments and there is the potential to increase this up to 70%,.
Protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems offers opportunities for carbon sequestration and abatement. Improved management of these ecosystems can also improve fisheries, and increase resilience of coasts to rising sea levels and storm surges.
For more information on the Partnership, see the International Partnership for Blue Carbon.