Australia is continuing to work closely with its Indo-Pacific neighbours to restore and protect blue carbon ecosystems, including mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes.
To mark World Wetlands Day, Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek today announced funding for four projects located across Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
The projects will restore mangroves and seagrass while supporting local communities, researchers and authorities to collaborate and develop coastal management plans.
Through Australia’s partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), over $3 million in grants will be delivered through the Blue Carbon Accelerator Fund.
As a member of the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership (GOAP) the Australian Government has funded the GOAP Secretariat to work with the successful projects to compile and report social, economic and environmental data to meet international statistical standards.
This allows us to measure the environmental benefits of blue carbon, and the benefits to people and communities.
A third round of the Blue Carbon Accelerator Fund will be launched in 2023.