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Capital champions nature-based climate change mitigation

posted on 13/01/2013: 2290 views



The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently launched a pioneering ‘Blue Carbon' project that connects the local natural coastal ecosystem management with climate change mitigation.

Blue Carbon coastal ecosystems include mangrove forests, sea grass meadows and saltwater marshlands, which serve as carbon sinks. These ecosystems continuously store and sequester carbon at rates much faster than tropical forests. Some healthy coastal marine ecosystems play roles in storing greenhouse gases, thereby helping to mitigate climate change.

The Abu Dhabi Blue carbon demonstration project draws together an international team of coastal carbon experts to investigate the critical role our local coastal ecosystems play in climate change and climate change mitigation.

The project aims to assess the carbon and ecosystem services of Abu Dhabi's coastal habitats, gain an understanding of their geographic extent and assess blue carbon in a climate and policy framework for the development of potential mitigation initiatives in the UAE.

In addition, the outcomes hope to provide improved management options for the preservation and restoration of the coastal ecosystems.

Mangroves are an important part of the UAE's natural ecosystem and have been planted in many locations throughout the UAE since the 1970's. "Mangroves, along with the coastal ecosystem is key to maintain and improved sustainability of our Emirate.

"The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project is an invaluable initiative, not only for the duration of the project but beyond. The experience and knowledge gained from this local project will help pave the way for other national Blue Carbon projects and international efforts for a greener economy and natural climate change mitigation,” Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary general, EAD, said. – The Gulf Today

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