In this year of climate action for the UK, and in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow this November, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new webinar series.
Plan Vivo's first webinar will focus on Blue Carbon – the amount of carbon stored and sequestered in coastal habitats like mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass. Plan Vivo is proud of our long association with Mikoko Pamoja, a community-led mangrove conservation and restoration project based in southern Kenya, and the world's first blue carbon project. We are also proud to welcome our recently-registered Blue Carbon projects Tahiry Honko and Vanga Blue Forest. As these projects exemplify, there is huge potential from Blue Carbon due to its effectiveness at storing carbon, up to five times more than terrestrial forests per hectare. There are also several challenges with Blue Carbon projects, including social, political, and economic. However, when these challenges are addressed well in the project design phase, it can lead to the creation of sustainable livelihoods and the preservation of important coastal habitats, alongside the carbon benefits.
The Opportunities and Challenges of Blue Carbon
Prof Mark Huxham
Introduction: Establishing the Fair Carbon Platform
Mark Beeston, from Gallifrey Foundation, will present the report "Blue Carbon: Mind the Gap" and discuss the process of establishing the Fair Carbon platform
Panel: The potential of mangroves as a climate change solution
- Moderator: Prof Mark Huxham, Edinburgh Napier University and an expert on blue carbon
- Robyn Shilland, Researcher at Edinburgh Napier University
- Leah Glass, from Blue Ventures, Project Coordinator of the Tahiry Honko project in Madagascar
- Dr Ryan Merrill, Executive Secretary and Co-Founder of the Global Mangrove Trust
- Dr Blanca Bernal, Program Officer at Winrock International and member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Plan Vivo