Project themes

Mangrove and seagrass carbon project

New Ireland Mangrove and Seagrass Biodiversity Conservation, Livelihoods and Blue Carbon Project themes

Blue carbon projects aim to conserve, restore, and enhance coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes to increase their carbon sequestration potential. Papua New Guinea, being an island nation with extensive coastal areas, has great potential for blue carbon projects. Some of the key project themes that could be addressed in a blue carbon project in Papua New Guinea are:

  1. Conservation of mangroves: Mangroves are one of the most effective carbon sinks in the world, and Papua New Guinea has a significant area of mangroves that could be conserved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project could focus on identifying and protecting areas of high conservation value, monitoring the health of the mangroves, and developing community-based management plans.
  2. Restoration of degraded mangroves: Mangroves that have been degraded due to human activities such as logging, shrimp farming, and aquaculture can be restored to increase their carbon sequestration potential. The project could involve planting and nurturing mangrove seedlings, rehabilitating degraded areas, and monitoring the success of restoration efforts.
  3. Assessment of carbon stocks and sequestration rates: Accurate measurement of carbon stocks and sequestration rates is critical to the success of blue carbon projects. The project could involve developing baseline data on carbon stocks, using remote sensing techniques, and monitoring changes in carbon stocks over time.
  4. Community engagement: Community involvement is crucial for the success of blue carbon projects. The project could focus on building awareness and capacity among local communities, involving them in the management of the coastal ecosystems, and providing alternative livelihood options that do not harm the environment.
  5. Sustainable financing: Blue carbon projects require long-term funding to ensure their sustainability. The project could explore financing options such as payments for ecosystem services, carbon credits, and public-private partnerships to ensure long-term funding for the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems.
  6. Research and development: Research and development can help improve the effectiveness of blue carbon projects. The project could involve research on the best practices for mangrove restoration, innovative financing mechanisms, and the development of new technologies for measuring carbon stocks and sequestration rates.