Operationalizing marketable blue carbon

Peter Macreadie, Alistar I Robertson, Bernadette Spinks, Matthew P. Adams, Jennifer Atchison, Justine Bell-James, Brett A. Bryan, Long Chu, Karen Filbee-Dexter, Lauren Drake, Carlos M. Duarte, Daniel Friess, Quentin Grafton

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    The global carbon sequestration and avoided emissions potentially achieved via blue carbon is high (∼3% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions); however, it is limited by multidisciplinary and interacting uncertainties spanning the social, governance, financial, and technological dimensions. We compiled a transdisciplinary team of experts to elucidate these challenges and identify a way forward. Key actions to enhance blue carbon as a natural climate solution include improving policy and legal arrangements to ensure equitable sharing of benefits; improving stewardship by incorporating indigenous knowledge and values; clarifying property rights; improving financial approaches and accounting tools to incorporate co-benefits; developing technological solutions for measuring blue carbon sequestration at low cost; and resolving knowledge gaps regarding blue carbon cycles. Implementing these actions and operationalizing blue carbon will achieve measurable changes to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, provide multiple co-benefits, and address national obligations associated with international agreements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)485-492
    JournalOne Earth
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

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