BLUE CARBON POLICY WORKING GROUP
The Policy Working Group provides the policy foundation of the Blue Carbon Initiative. Expert members of the Working Group focus on
Providing a framework for policy development that maximizes conservation of carbon in coastal ecosystems and mobilizes the implementation of that framework; and
Building an integrated blue carbon community that supports policy implementation.
To work toward these goals, the Working Group is
Developing new policy measures and financial incentives where needed, to enhance climate change mitigation through conservation, restoration and sustainable use of blue carbon;
Identifying current climate, coastal and ocean policy issues and opportunities and evaluating the applicability to blue carbon conservation, restoration, and sustainable use;
Supporting the highest priority activities identified by the Working Group; and
Identifying additional policy and economic analysis and necessary partnerships to implement policy priorities.
The Working Group consists of experts in environmental policy and economics and project implementation from within the climate change and marine conservation communities. The Working Group was formed in July 2011 to support activities that identify opportunities to integrate and implement blue carbon ecosystems in existing policy frameworks. The Working Group collaborates with blue carbon scientific experts to ensure the most current and accurate science is available to decision-makers at the highest levels of government.
Policy Working Group Members
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Scientific & Technical Support Officer, Ramsar Convention Secretariat — Policy expert
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Forestry expert
Silvestrum Climate Associates, USA. Expertise; Wetland scientist, geomorphology, sedimentology and wetlands restoration.
Silvestrum — Policy, forestry and climate change expert
Florida International University — Marine and estuarine ecologist, seagrasses expert
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) — Policy expert
Conservation International (CI) – Marine climate change expert
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO)
Oregon State University — Mangroves, research ecologist, tropical wetlands and forests expert
Marine Science and Conservation, Global Marine & Polar Programme, IUCN — Climate change policy expert
Independent Consultant — International climate change policy and negotiations, AFOLU / LULUCF, and REDD+ expert
Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University — Policy and economics expert
Conservation International (CI) — Environmental engineering and coastal oceanography expert
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government and International Partnership for Blue Carbon
Climate Focus — Policy expert
Scope14+ — Policy, LULUCF, and UNFCCC expert
von Unger, Moritz
Silvestrum Climate Associates, International blue carbon policy
Conservation International (CI) — Policy expert