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New report on Ecosystembased Adaptation and Blue Carbon

A new report, supported by CEC and the Swedish Energy Agency, gives an overview of different types of arenas where Ecosystembased adaptation and Blue Carcon are discussed. The report focuses on the UNFCCC, and demonstrates which negotiation tracks are of interest but also identifies other relevant conventions and UN-bodies that address these issues, or are in other ways relevant, at the stage of international politics.
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This mapping provides an overview of different types of arenas where the two concepts Ecosystem­based adaptation (EbA) and Blue Carbon (BC) are discussed. EbA has been defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as "The use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change." (CBD, 2009). BC has been defined as "the carbon stored, sequestered or released from coastal ecosystems of tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrass meadows" (Herr, Pidgeon, & Laffoley, 2012).

Both issues have been raised at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, as well as in the context of other United Nations bodies and various international frameworks. This report looks at where these topics are negotiated and contextualised, and displays how different arenas and actors are interlinked within and between these two issues. 

Terese Göransson
"The both concepts of EbA and Blue Carbon are relatively new on the political agenda as well as research areas. This report might therefore be used as a map of orientation and a starting point for further examinations and research" says Terese Göransson, author of the report and PhD student in Environmental Science at CEC. 


The report does not attempt to provide a full overview of all existing arenas where EbA and BC are discussed, but rather the most significant ones in terms of impact on the respective debates at the level of international politics, according to the findings. The materials used for this report consist mainly of non-peer reviewed information, often from webpages. The scope of this report is to present an overview of arenas where the concepts of EbA and BC are discussed, not to assess the quality of the information provided on, at or by these arenas. This research was supported by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), Lund University. 

Download & about the report

Blue Carbon report

The material used to compile this report comprises official documents and communication from the UNFCCC website and web-based material from around 60 different entities. The report is also based on observations from UNFCCC workshops and negotiations between 2013 and 2015, which have helped to identify relevant material, arenas and actors. 

Download the report as pdf

Contact Terese Göransson: terese.goransson [at] cec.lu.se

 

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