Healthy Oceans for a Healthy Planet
The Earth’s oceans are critically important to the weather and our climate. Covering 70% of the planet’s surface, our oceans are the world’s largest active carbon sink and mitigate the effects of climate change through absorption of atmospheric carbon, including our emissions.
Blue Climate Solutions measures oceanic carbon services to inform governance and policies regarding climate change, sustainable development, natural resource management and conservation.
Protection of ‘blue carbon’ services provides an opportunity to reduce the impacts of climate change, is a positive direction for protecting the oceans and marine biodiversity, and promotes sustainable development of the blue economy.
Blue Climate Solutions is a Project of The Ocean Foundation
Coastal Blue Carbon
Carbon stored in shallow and coastal marine ecosystems, including mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and saltwater marshes. These ecosystems accumulate and store a significant amount of carbon in plant biomass and sediments.
Image credit: Juan Carlos Calvin, OCEANA
Fish Carbon mechanisms are the natural life processes of marine vertebrates that enable capture of atmospheric carbon, allow carbon storage in benign form in the ocean, and provide a potential buffer against ocean acidification.
Image credit: Peter G. Allinson, Marine Photobank