Blue carbon: Knowledge gaps, critical issues, and novel approaches

Thomas, Sebastian (2014) Blue carbon: Knowledge gaps, critical issues, and novel approaches. Ecological Economics, 107 22-38. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.07.028

Author Thomas, Sebastian
Title Blue carbon: Knowledge gaps, critical issues, and novel approaches
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
Publication date 2014-11
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.07.028
Open Access Status
Volume 107
Start page 22
End page 38
Total pages 17
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Blue carbon - the carbon stored and sequestered in mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and tidal salt marshes - is considered a cost-effective means to achieve positive climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes. Blue carbon is therefore of considerable interest to the scientific and policy communities, and is frequently discussed in relation to carbon markets and climate finance opportunities. This paper identifies peer-reviewed and 'gray literature' documents that discuss blue carbon in the context of finance and market mechanisms. The document set is analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively, and the principal scientific, economic, regulatory, social, and management issues that emerge are discussed. The study reveals that (1) the blue carbon literature is dominated by technical and policy commentary, with a dearth of research into practical social considerations and a stark absence of private sector perspectives; (2) there is confusion over the nature and role of important concepts including private and public sector finance and instruments; and (3) understanding of the important issues of investment priorities and risk considerations is also limited. This paper therefore identifies gaps in the blue carbon literature, clarifies critical concepts and issues, and proposes novel pathways for blue carbon research and project development.
Keyword Adaptation
Business and environment
Carbon markets
Climate finance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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