Action to address climate change must target greenhouse gases by reducing emissions from human activities and mitigating their impacts without delay.

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We must harness the capacity of nature to mitigate climate change and explore natural mechanisms for adaptation.

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The ocean is the world’s largest carbon sink and plays a crucial role in oxygen production and weather patterns.


We focus on marine nature based solutions to the global climate challenge that support a sustainable blue economy.

Keith Ellenbogen, OCEANA

Carbon capture and storage by coastal ecosystems and marine vertebrates can be harnessed for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Peter G. Allinson, Marine Photobank

Ocean ecosystems and inhabitants naturally capture and store atmospheric carbon.

Juan Carlos Calvin, OCEANA

Healthy oceans maintain a healthy climate and provide resources that support economies, livelihoods and cultural heritage.

David Mills, WorldFish

We measure and enable management of blue carbon resources to mitigate climate change, facilitate ocean conservation and support sustainable development of the ocean economy.


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

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