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Eye on Oceans & Blue carbon

Quarterly update
The Ocean and Us – Report

This Special initiative will explore methodologies for collecting appropriate data sets (from remote sensing of the areal extent of ecosystems, to measurements of organic carbon stocks in coastal sediments), structures for managing the data sets (e.g. databases or clearing houses), and vehicules (e.g. policy or natural resource management tools) for making these data useful to decision makers and management of coastal ecosystems for climate change mitigation and ecosystem services.

Needs and use of data for market-based mechanisms (e.g. carbon credit payments) will also be explored as part of these activities and projects will be developed around the world that use data for coastal management through market-based mechanisms. This Special initiative will work in close collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Blue Forests project.


The Eye on Oceans & Blue Carbon Special Initiative (SI) aims to:

  • Use innovative technologies and Citizen Science techniques to develop dynamic habitat mapping and validation and upload tools to deliver timely, fit-for purpose, reliable and interoperable spatial datasets for mangroves, saltmarshes and sea grasses;
  • Develop internationally approved methodologies and data standards to meet the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) requirements for transparent, complete, consistent, comparable and accurate data;
  • Build user communities, networks and local capacities to maximise the uptake of methodologies, data interoperability, and implementation and interpretation of carbon and ecosystem service assessments for management planning and knowledge sharing;
  • Integrate work across on-going and future activities in Blue Carbon on a global scale.

Long term outcomes of this Special Initiatives include:

  • Increased usage of ecosystem based approached in coastal management and conservation, which maximise climate change mitigation and adaptation potential;
  • Reduce uncertainties and risk in trade-offs between development and conservation, particularly with respect to vulnerable populations;
  • Greater local capacity to use market-based mechanisms as a source of sustainable financing for coastal management and conservation
Who’s involved?

The stakeholders of the initiative include: Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), Global Environment Fund (GEF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Global Resource
Information Database (GRID) – Arendal, World Bank, Blue Ventures, Ecological Society of America (ESA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Forest Trends, Open Oceans Global (OOG) and Conservation International.

These institutions and individuals are all engaged on a regular basis through stakeholder calls as well as face to face meetings to discuss and move forward on common shared projects and issues within the initiative.

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