14 August 2018
Summit Promotes Cooperation on Blue Carbon Initiatives
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The Blue Carbon Summit highlighted opportunities to promote blue carbon development in Indonesia.

Participants discussed, among other issues, a roadmap for blue carbon development in Indonesia to support discussions UNFCCC COP 24 and the Our Ocean Conference.

6 August 2018: Participants at the Blue Carbon Summit called for including blue carbon on national agendas to improve livelihoods and mitigate climate change. Blue carbon is carbon that is sequestered and stored in coastal and marine ecosystems, including mangroves, intertidal marshes and seagrass.

The Blue Carbon Summit took place from 17-18 July 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) organized the event in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), CGIAR and the Global Landscape Forum (GLF). The Summit aimed to facilitate dialogues across sectors and stakeholders on blue carbon issues and to outline a roadmap for blue carbon development in Indonesia.

We’re looking for blue carbon warriors.

AIPI President Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro highlighted the role of the Summit discussions in identifying gaps that hinder “mainstreaming of blue carbon in the national development agenda and global commitments.” Andre Omer Siregar, Director of Asia Pacific and African Intra and Inter-regional Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, shared a government perspective, saying “we’re looking for blue carbon warriors.”

Participants showcased examples of cooperation on blue carbon initiatives and emphasized the importance of sharing best practices. A representative from Norway described increasing cooperation between Norway and Indonesia on marine issues. Other participants suggested collaboration between the public and private sectors could facilitate financial support for blue carbon initiatives, which could further contribute to environmental, economic and social returns.

Participants also discussed a roadmap for blue carbon development in Indonesia to support discussions at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC and the Our Ocean Conference. [Event Website] [CGIAR News Story on Summit]

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