The Centre for Policy Futures and the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy led the development of this information product with valuable contributions from other members of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon.

Coastal blue carbon: an introduction for policy makers provides an introduction to the concept of blue carbon and coastal blue carbon ecosystems – mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses.

    The document describes some of the challenges and opportunities in developing policies and undertaking projects to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems. It also highlights some of the projects and countries that are leading the way in managing these challenges and opportunities. 

    It outlines:

    • why blue carbon ecosystems are important
    • the basic science of blue carbon as a basis for policy and practical action
    • an overview of relevant policy frameworks, and
    • a summary of finance sources that can support practical action.

    More information on the International Partnership for Blue Carbon can be found at