GRID-Arendal and Blue Climate Solutions today unveiled the redesigned ‘Blue Carbon Portal’, the world’s premier comprehensive community-based website for all matters related to blue carbon. Blue carbon is a concept that advances the sustainable management of coastal marine ecosystems that store and sequester atmospheric carbon, thereby helping to mitigate climate change.
Blue carbon ecosystems include mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and saltwater marshes also important for the vital ecosystem services they provide, such as coastal fisheries, shoreline protection, related eco-tourism and the conservation of marine biodiversity.
The Blue Carbon Portal continues its support of the rapidly growing blue carbon community and international efforts such as the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Blue Carbon Initiative. It provides a virtual space to increase transparency and accessibility of information, helping initiatives to connect, share ideas and resources.
Features of the Blue Carbon Portal include:
- The Blue Carbon Blog and social media connectivity (e.g., Twitter Feed);
- A geospatial map utility depicting global blue carbon projects and initiatives;
- A resources page for all blue carbon publications, presentations and videos;
- A calendar of blue carbon events; and
- A directory of blue carbon initiatives.
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“As started in 2010, the redesigned portal is intended as a platform for community development and you will see things change and evolve: new contributors, additional links, resources and much more,” said Steven Lutz, Blue Carbon Project Manager at GRID-Arendal. “We welcome everyone interested or engaged in blue carbon to participate in the development of this site. If you have a blue carbon story or activity that you would like to see incorporated or if you would like to advertise a meeting, or share a new resource then we would love to hear from you.”
To get involved, contact the Blue Carbon Portal’s administrator via links on the sites web site.