Scope and potential of coastal ecosystem towards mitigating climate change

11 Feb 2021

  • The coastal ecosystems — Mangroves, Sea grasses, and Tidal marshes — commonly referred to as blue carbon ecosystems store half the "blue" carbon buried beneath the ocean floor.
  • The carbon that is stored in the coastal ecosystems remain trapped for very long periods of time and thus resulting in very large carbon stock.
  • The carbon stock in these ecosystems and the existing or potential carbon emissions must be quantified.
  • Mangroves are fairly well mapped, large areas containing seagrass meadows are largely surveyed but areas of tidal salt marsh are un-surveyed and un-documented.
  • The key role of blue carbon in mitigating climate change remains unrecognized with considerable unutilized potential to meet climate targets.
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Land degradation
Land use
Forest
Agriculture
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Civil society/Grassroots
Policy Makers
Researchers/Post graduates