Communities, Climate, and
Harnessing the Value of Blue Forests to Achieve Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Action
Showcase Event of the UN Environment Blue Forests Project
Through partners worldwide, the UNEP / GEF Blue Forests Project has explored and tested blue forests methodologies and approaches to harness ecosystem services and support carbon financing initiatives, while addressing key knowledge gaps and international policy engagement. The project results incorporate tools and solutions for the greater global application of blue carbon assessment and accounting, payment for ecosystem services, and enhancing capacity for a sustainable blue economy. The Communities, Climate, and Coastal Ecosystems event aims to share these experiences and lessons learned of the Blue Forests Project to assist with the development and replication of future initiatives.
By drawing on experiences from these project sites, this event will help to inform future projects by:
President, The Ocean Foundation
Former Seychelles Minister and Ambassador, Private Consultant/Civil Society
Director, Climate Change within the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Programme Director, Institute of Marine Research in Norway
Official, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Program Officer, The Ocean Foundation
Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Branch of UNEP’s Ecosystem Division Head
Chief Scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Technical Advisor – Mangroves and Blue Carbon, Blue Ventures
Manager, Ocean and Climate Change, IUCN
Ecosystem Service Manager, Conservation International Ecuador
Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF
Tracing the many pathways of how blue forests values have been recognized in policy and management on both the international and national / regional scale.
Exploring the social justice and communication components to community-led initiatives
This webinar will showcase and discuss critical research components needed for successful blue carbon projects. Future directions and related fields of research (beyond carbon) will also be considered.
This webinar will showcase recent technological innovations in monitoring and mapping coastal and marine ecosystems. Participants will also experience a “virtual field trip” of a Blue Forests Project site and panel discussion with leaders in drone and remote mapping, exploring how technology can be used as cost-effective tool for blue forests and blue carbon projects.
This webinar will showcase the recent advances and potential future directions for oceanic blue carbon. An expert panel will discuss how the conservation and restoration of life in the ocean may contribute to climate change mitigation. Additionally, two innovative and unprecedented reports will be launched at this event – national assessments of oceanic blue carbon science and policy in the United Arab Emirates
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