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Strengthening coastal biodiversity conservation and management through protection and rehabilitation incentives for coastal carbon sinks in Pacific Island countries

As of: March 2021

Seagrass meadows and mangrove forests provide a wide range of ecosystem services. The project is working with regional partners to map existing seagrass and mangrove stocks using innovative remote sensing methods. This work measures and models the extent to which these ecosystems act as a carbon sinks and are also available for other ecosystem services. The data enable initial estimations of the economic value of natural resources, which help the national governments to implement strategic measures for protection, management and rehabilitation. Effective measures targeting the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of mangrove forests and seagrass meadows as carbon sinks will help policymakers to design incentive systems that are aimed at sustainable ecosystem management and restoration. This, in turn, accelerates the implementation of NDCs and national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).

State of implementation/results

  • On a regional level, the person responsible for the project continues to support the secretariat of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon as a member of an international advisory board in regular online technical conferences. There the question of official membership of Germany currently arises, as does the question of possible membership of GIZ. Since the Federal Republic with the salt marshes of the Wadden Sea National Park, and the active participation in the regional Wadden Sea Secretariat, has above-average Blue Carbon ecosystems in European and international comparison, and the BMU, BMZ and GIZ have been providing strong financial and technical support for mangrove protection on an international level for years, this could make sense. In addition, German universities and research institutions have been active in these areas for a long time and are leaders in individual areas.
  • In close cooperation with the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC), approaches are currently being developed to formalize and increasingly support national GIS user groups in the four partner countries, initially in digital formats. Against this background, the project plans to further expand the regional online training platform for the license-free QGIS software created by the IKI predecessor project MACBIO - in cooperation with SPC and the Regional University USP.
  • In this context, the opportunity arose to improve direct access to free satellite data of the European Copernicus Program by establishing a national focal point within the PGRSC in Fiji.
  • Due to the limited direct access to national priority seagrass and mangrove ecosystems in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, the project currently focuses on the comparison of technical remote sensing options and the preparation and testing of exemplary mapping approaches in the priority areas of Fiji.

Project data

Country:
Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH - Mexico

Political partner(s):
  • Conservation and Environment Protection Authority - Papua-Neuguinea
  • Department of Environment - Fiji
  • Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC)
  • Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology - Solomon Islands
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) - Samoa

Implementing partner(s):
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) - Samoa

BMU grant:
9.220.000,00 €

Duration:
12/2018  till  11/2023




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