Conference on conservation of coastal blue carbon sinks
Seagrasses meadows and coastal wetlands, keys in the fight against climate change
Scientists, managers and other stakeholders participated in a two-day conference on the role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the absorption and sequestration of CO2 from the atmosphere, the so-called “Blue Carbon”. This workshop, which was organized by the Center for Mediterranean Cooperation of IUCN, is part of the European project Life BlueNatura, that is coordinated by the Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio de la Junta de Andalucía.
The inauguration was attended by the General Director of Natural resource management and Protected Areas, Javier Madrid, and the director of IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation, Antonio Troya.
These free access meetings named “Conservation of coastal carbon sinks” were held on 21 and 22 November 2016 at La Térmica in Malaga, and were aimed to examine current knowledge on coastal and marine ecosystems in the face of climate change, both from the ecological and socio-economic perspective. Projects and experiences were presented in order to illustrate different issues as governance, carbon markets, and the knowledge and value of the services for local populations provided by these marine and coastal ecosystems, such as marshes and seagrass.