Blue carbon for sustainable development

Blue carbon for sustainable development

Blue carbon for sustainable development 1000 540 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute – Kenya

This project focuses on mainstreaming blue carbon into national development and climate change agenda by scaling up and accelerating conservation of blue carbon ecosystems for the climate, community, and biodiversity benefits. 

Blue carbon describes the carbon storage potential of vegetated coastal ecosystems, including tidal marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows. Limited resources, inadequate capacity, and poor coordination among government agencies are underlying factors leading to poor management of blue carbon in Kenya. The project will lead to: reduction in degradation; and promote sustainable utilization and protection of sensitive blue carbon habitats and enhance awareness among stakeholders of their significance. At the local levels, the project will improve fisheries, create employment, preserve biodiversity, protect shorelines, and stabilize sediments. The project will thus contribute to poverty alleviation and promote sustainable coastal development.

Start Date: 23/12/2022
End Date: 31/12/2027

Lead Contact: James Njiru (director@kmfri.go.ke)

challenges: Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean
type_of_action: Project

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