Carbon is one of the most important elements making up biological systems and its storage and conservation is a key element in sustaining life on earth in the future.
How does carbon work?
It is found in both living sources such as plants and animals, and non-living sources such as coal and soil. When Carbon is oxidised, it becomes carbon-di-oxide gas. Whilst this gas is essential for plant respiration, an excessive amount contributes to global warming. However, if it is stored or sequestered, it helps the environment.
Carbon can be stored on land through forests and pasture but it can be primarily stored in marine-aquatic system. When Carbon is stored in marine systems, it is called Blue Carbon, and is particularly seen in mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. These ecosystems sequester and store large quantities of Blue Carbon both in plants and sediment below.
Coastal and estuarine areas in Australia are great places that can store Blue Carbon. Further storage is possible through ecological restoration and rehabilitation of such systems, especially mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems. There are potential financial incentives in cultivating Blue Carbon and the market mechanism for this has been fast developing.
Want to learn more about this fascinating element?
Join us on 3 March for the Blue Carbon WET workshop where you will be given insights and taken through the journey of Blue Carbon farming and trading mechanisms.
What: Wetlands for Blue Carbon: obligations and opportunities workshop
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park
When: 3 March 2017, 8.45am – 5pm
Who: If you are the custodian of an estuarine or coastal ecosystem or you are involved in rehabilitation and restoration of such systems.
Book now before registrations close on 17 February!