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Blue carbon: beyond the inventory

Conference

Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems.

The Scottish Blue Carbon Forum, in collaboration with Marine Scotland (Scottish Government) and the University of St Andrews, are pleased to announce a two-day Blue Carbon Conference to coincide with COP26 (United Nations international climate negotiations). The Conference will gather an international audience (including COP26 delegates) to participate in a series of plenary sessions and workshops, addressing scientific and policy-facing issues, to address Blue Carbon developments in the context of the Global Climate Emergency.

The meeting will include policy and science talks, workshops and discussions to highlight current best practices as well as emerging opportunities going beyond the current frameworks, challenges and threats to Blue Carbon. Talks and posters demonstrating emerging science will feature strongly, reinforcing the message of the importance of evidence-led policy.

Blue carbon initiative: A workshop hosted by the Blue Carbon Initiative will be held at the RSE on 10 November and followed by a dinner at Edinburgh Castle, which is being supported by our partner, The PEW Trusts.

Research topic: We have opened a research topic on the theme of the conference with Frontiers in Marine Science (Editor in Chief – Carlos Duarte); the topic editors (Cath Lovelock, Hilary Kennedy, Joanne Porter, Bill Turrell and Bill Austin) welcome contributions that address the science and policy dimensions of Blue Carbon, particularly where these highlight opportunities and mechanisms for the protection, restoration and creation of Blue Carbon habitats.

Registration is now open and supported by our partner Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland; both in-person and on-line attendance is possible. Register here.