11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
[ACG40-09] Multiple benefits of blue carbon ecosystems in promoting blue economy and reinforcing resilience in coastal communities
Keywords:Blue economy, Blue carbon, Seagrass beds, Coral reefs
In this presentation, the definition and characteristics of BCEs such as mangrove forests, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and their interlinkages will be introduced first. Then some good examples and lessons learned from coastal communities in Japan as well as Palau will be introduced. Restoration of seagrass beds and coral reefs has involved multi-stakeholders and strengthened socioecological systems in Japanese coastal communities with some innovative ideas or continuing efforts of locals. In Palau, beautiful, unique marine ecosystems have attracted tourists from overseas and environmental fees paid by these tourists have contributed to the conservation and monitoring of these ecosystems in return. Through cataloguing and networking of these good examples from world coastal areas with similar natural or socioeconomic backgrounds, sustainable use of BCEs could be mainstreamed for promoting the blue economy and combating loss of these important ecosystems globally.