UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

Blue carbon habitats include mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, saltwater marshes and other marine ecosystems with the potential to mitigate climate change. The Blue Carbon Portal, co-managed by UNEP and GRID-Arendal, is “the world's premier community-based website for all matters related to blue carbon,” providing a discussion forum and networking platform for blue carbon issues and initiatives worldwide. Features of the website include: blue carbon news; a global map illustrating blue carbon projects; an expert blog; a resources page for blue carbon publications, presentations and videos; and a calendar of blue carbon events.

The new website is part of UNEP's Blue Carbon Initiative, which aims to develop a global partnership to promote the sound management of coastal and marine ecosystems in order to ensure that their carbon sequestration and storage functions are sustained. [UNEP Press Release] [Blue Carbon Portal Website]