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Blue Carbon in the UNFCCC

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  • Climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Coastal resilience
  • Coastal wetland conservation

The protection, restoration and sustainable management of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems for their climate mitigation and adaptation value – offer up to 37 percent of the solution for keeping global temperature increase to 2°C or below by 2030. While each of these climate change mitigation and adaptation pathways contribute to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, they remain largely underrealized in current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), especially in relation to coastal ecosystem management for climate mitigation.

This policy brief outlines in which way blue carbon ecosystems are part of the Paris Agreement, and includes policy recommendations for blue carbon in the Paris Rulebook. A joint policy brief by The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the Blue Carbon Initiative, Wetlands International and the Wildlife Federation.