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Blue Carbon: a Tool to Mitigate Climate Change and Preserve Key Marine and Coastal Ecosystems. Parallel Side Event to the informal negotiation for the Rio+20 Conference.

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The ocean provides numerous ecosystem services such as food, genetic resources, cultural services, carbon sink. Those functions should be preserved for human well-being.

The objective of this side event is to sensitize UN delegates negotiating the Rio+20 outcome document of the potential value of nations investment in coastal ecosystem conservation through blue carbon initiatives, as mean to ensure to long term sustainability of coastal areas, green economic development whilst effectively mitigating climate change.
This side event will be the occasion to discuss and present a number innovative tools building on the work of the Blue Carbon Policy Framework. It will in particular address the following:
• the science behind the role of coastal ecosystems as carbon sinks;
• the potential economic value of coastal carbon;
• the immediate policy options to integrate coastal carbon management into climate change mitigation activities; and
• the ongoing international activities on advancing Blue Carbon.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 26.04.2012 17:15 local time
End 26.04.2012 18:45 local time
Date to be fixed 1
Focal point Barbière, Julian
Country United States of America
City New York
Venue UNESCO New York Office, Conference Room 7 in the North Lawn Building
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the United States of America to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 UNESCO's contribution to Rio+20
Link 2 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Link 3
Link 4


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