Blue Carbon Workshop supports Asia-Pacific countries commitments to reduce emissions

VIETNAM – The Blue Carbon Workshop brought together international scientists and technical and policy experts of governments from 13 countries in the Asia and Pacific region in Hanoi, Vietnam for a two-day workshop to discuss on how to incorporate Blue Carbon into their nationally determined commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Richard MacKenzie of USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, along with P. Nico Stoehr, program specialist for China and the Pacific Islands, Forest Service International Programs, provided organizing and facilitation support for the event.

Blue Carbon ecosystems include salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests; these ecosystems can help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions due to high carbon storage and sequestration potential. The workshop provided decision makers with information on the importance of Blue Carbon ecosystems and gave participants an opportunity to learn from each other about possible ways to incorporate Blue Carbon ecosystems into the next round of NDC processes.

The Blue Carbon regional workshop was part of the USAID-funded Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program and was organized by USDA Forest Service International Programs in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research. The regional workshop followed a one-day national symposium on mangrove research in Vietnam, which was organized by the Mangrove Ecosystems Research Center of the Hanoi National University of Education in close collaboration with International Programs and was funded by USAID-SWAMP.

The delegation of Samoa reporting on their nationally determined commitment process. USDA Forest Service by P. Stoehr.
The delegation of Samoa reporting on their nationally determined commitment process. USDA Forest Service by P. Stoehr.
Participants of the Blue Coral Workshop in Vietnam
Country delegations in discussion with blue carbon scientists and policy experts. USDA Forest Service by P. Stoehr.
Panelists at Blue Coral Workshop
Panel discussion on policy perspectives in incorporating Blue Carbon into nationally determined commitments. USDA Forest Service by P. Stoehr.