30 Apr CTC Embarks on Blue Carbon Capacity Building Project in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
CTC has received a grant from the Government of Australia to provide direct practical training to increase blue carbon policy and technical skills for junior-level policymakers in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The grant also aims to develop an online resource that participants can refer to for policy development activities beyond the workshop and can be used for global access.
Coastal blue carbon ecosystems are globally significant carbon sinks. When degraded or lost, blue carbon can become a significant greenhouse gas emissions sources. Blue carbon also provides a tangible climate action within the ocean sector and can contribute to delivering countries’ contribution under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
In 2018, the Australian Government, through the International Partnership for Blue Carbon, engaged CTC with the support of regional technical experts to develop a pilot module and training workshop on coastal blue carbon ecosystems for Indonesian policymakers *. The module provided an introduction to blue carbon and key issues of relevance for policy implementation and practical actions.
The original module was well-received and the Australian Government has had requests from Indonesia and Pacific partners to run similar training again, as blue carbon policy remains a challenging area. Building on the success of the first phase of the project, CTC will refine the original pilot module on lessons-learned, develop additional country-specific material and case studies, develop an online component to support learning, and an online simplified version of the module for global access.
It is expected that this project will lead to the development of a resource that builds Indonesia and PNG government officials’ understanding of blue carbon ecosystems and their relevance in international and national climate change policy frameworks, national inventories, and carbon markets. The project will also enable participants to identify pathways to improve coordination and mainstreaming of blue carbon policy in their country and contribute to the policy building blocks needed for greenhouse gas inventory development and robust monitoring, reporting and verification of coastal blue carbon ecosystems. Furthermore, it will give participants the tools and knowledge to engage effectively with communities on issues related to blue carbon including adaptation and resilience.
Photos: Blue Carbon Training Phase 1 in 2018