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ECU scientists establish international partnership for Blue Carbon initiative in Colombian Caribbean

Thursday, 06 April 2017

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The project, co-funded by the European Union, is entitled ‘Mangroves, Seagrass and Local Communities: Development and exchange of experiences of the integral management of biodiversity and its services in the Caribbean region (MAPCO)'. The objective is to evaluate the potential for Colombia to develop a Blue Carbon policy involving numerous socio-economical benefits through the promotion of knowledge and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity in the mangrove ecosystems and seagrass of the Colombian Caribbean. Blue Carbon is the term used to describe carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems in which seagrasses, mangroves and saltmarshes sequester carbon from the atmosphere and oceans with outstanding efficiency.

Dr Oscar Serrano, Prof Paul Lavery, Prof Pere Masque and PhD candidate Cristian Salinas of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) will play a major role in providing expert advice in developing the project, in addition to use of CMERs analytical facilities to obtain the data required. Other partners include governmental and academic institutions in Colombia and internationally.

Dr Serrano intends to travel to Colombia in June to provide the logistics and field-work support to the project.

For more information please contact:

Dr Oscar Serrano
Email: o.serrano@ecu.edu.au

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