Strengthening Coastal Biodiversity Conservation and Management through Protection and Rehabilitation Incentives for Coastal Carbon Sinks in Pacific Island Countries
As of: November 2020
In close collaboration with national and regional partners (SPREP, SPC, USP, CSIRO, CIFOR) and the “Blue Planet” Initiative within the global Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the project will be mapping the status of Seagrass and Mangrove (SaM) resources in each of the 4 partner countries, and will assess related carbon storage capacity and ecosystem services. Resulting national inventories of SaM habitats, and associated blue carbon sinks and ecosystem service values will support government partners and policy makers in their efforts to strategically develop and implement conservation, management and rehabilitation efforts. Governments will be assisted to establish nationally appropriate incentives for sustainable management and rehabilitation efforts based on the quantification and documentation of SaM carbon stocks and the resulting emission reductions as part 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.