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Building regional capability in Southeast Asia

Thursday, 28 November 2019

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CMER researchers Associate Professor Kathryn McMahon and Professor Paul Lavery ventured to Bintan Island, Indonesia to contribute to a training course titled 'Assessment of Carbon Stock and Sequestration in Seagrass Ecosystem' funded by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). Participants included scientists, managers and policy makers from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia, Iran, China and Bangladesh looking to improve their capability of sampling, analyzing and assessing the carbon stock and sequestration in seagrass ecosystem based on provided methodology. Kathryn instructed both field and laboratory techniques in seagrass health assessment, and Paul shared his expertise in carbon stock and sequestration. The course was the last of four training programs and was the outcome of a two year program funded by the ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Fund, ASEAN Committee of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Plan – Coral Reef Initiative. Kathryn's involvement in the program extended outside the classroom to develop a recently published free online guide BLUE CARBON IN SEAGRASS ECOSYSTEM: Guideline for the Assessment of Carbon Stock and Sequestration in Southeast Asia.  kathryn felt the opportunity to share CMER’s expertise with several other specialists from across the world was encouraging, and expressed ‘It is exciting and inspiring to see these nations valuing coastal ecosystems and using them to contribute to their national carbon emission reduction schemes.’

For more information on the Centre’s research into Blue Carbon and coastal ecosystems please visit CMER.

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