29/11/2023 | On December 9, Professor Martin Zimmer, head of the working group Mangrove Ecology, took part in a round table on Blue Carbon as climate mitigation tool hosted by the Canadian Pavilion during COP 28 in Dubai.

Titled “The Future of Blue Carbon in Climate Mitigation: Raising Awareness and Unlocking Potential”, this side event brought together leading oceanographic institutions and national government leaders from Chile, Tanzania, Fiji and Canada including Maisa Rojas Corradi, the Chilean Minister for the Environment, and Pita Wise, the Permanent Secretary of the Climate Change Division at the Office of the Fijian Prime Minister.

Martin Zimmer says: “I was honoured to join this high-profile panel and to advocate nature-based solutions in particular the protection, (re-)establishment and sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems. With their ability to store large amounts of CO2 and other climate gases bound in organic matter in their biomass and sediments makes them an ally in the fight against climate change. However, blue carbon is not a quick fix to the climate crisis: other measures, such as limiting the use of fossil fuels, remain highly important, and nature-based solutions alone will not suffice.”

COP28 MartinZimmer Round Table Announcement

About the round table: The Future of Blue Carbon in Climate Mitigation: Raising Awareness and Unlocking Potential

Living blue carbon ecosystems, including mangrove forests, salt marshes, and kelp forests, have emerged as a promising climate mitigation tool. These coastal and marine habitats sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide, making them invaluable allies in the fight against climate change. However, there are still important gaps in knowledge about blue carbon potentials and limitations in climate change mitigation. This event convenes leaders from national governments and oceanographic institutions for an in-depth discussion of the future of blue carbon as a climate change mitigation tool, as well as calls for ambition in crucial areas like ecosystem (re-)establishment and standardized monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Government leaders are expected to make announcements on national blue carbon strategies, while roundtable participants will draw on their latest findings and case studies to support stronger blue carbon science and policy. 

Organisers: Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Bedford Institute of Oceanography & Ocean Visions & ZMT as co-hosting partner institution

When: 9th December 2023 | 10:30 – 11:30 (GMT+4)
Where: Canada Pavilion