17 Sep Coastal Blue Carbon Training at the Center for Marine Conservation
With support from the Government Australia and International Partnership for Blue Carbon, Coral Triangle Center conducted a pilot training in Coastal Blue Carbon Training at the Center for Marine Conservation attended by 20 participants who are representatives of the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Maritime Coordinating Ministry, National Planning Bureau, provincial government officials, and Timor Leste Ministry Agriculture and Fisheries. With varied education background and given that Blue Carbon is still a new concept, participants were able to actively engage in group discussions on coastal blue carbon sequestration process, ecosystem services provided by theses blue carbon ecosystem, and fundamental national and international framework. Pre-test result showed that the average mark of 19 participants was 46.32%.
Costal Blue Carbon Curriculum development aimed to familiarize policy makers with Blue Carbon concept in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, to increase skill on measuring, reporting, and verifying (MRV) Blue Carbon values and incorporate or advocate for their consideration in coastal resources regulatory frameworks, to understand the potential for Blue Carbon to be included in voluntary and regulated carbon markets now and the future. The curriculum is translated into 8 units and is designed to be implemented in the Coral Triangle region for 4 days which include 1 day exercise in the real mangrove forest.