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Blue Carbon and UNESCO Marine World Heritage - Media pack

04 February 2021

Blue carbon ecosystems include seagrass meadows, tidal marshes and mangroves. They are among the most intensive carbon sinks in the biosphere and play a central role in climate mitigation.

The 50 marine sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List comprise at least 21% of the global area of blue carbon ecosystems and 15% of global blue carbon assets - carbon stores that are equivalent to about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2018.

Their protection plays a central role in storing carbon from the atmosphere. But degradation of these ecosystem can also release billions of tons of greenhouse gases.

Read more:
https://whc.unesco.org/en/blue-carbon-report 

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Mangroves in the Aldabra Atoll marine World Heritage site (Seychelles)
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Mangroves in the Aldabra Atoll marine World Heritage site (Seychelles)
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Mangroves in the Aldabra Atoll marine World Heritage site (Seychelles)
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Mangroves in the Aldabra Atoll marine World Heritage site (Seychelles)
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Mangroves in Moindou, Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems marine World Heritage site (France)
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Mangrove planting in the Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems marine World Heritage site (France)
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Mangroves in the Sian Ka'an marine World Heritage site (Mexico)
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Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans marine World Heritage site (Bangladesh/India)
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Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans marine World Heritage site (Bangladesh/India)
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Aldabra Atoll marine World Heritage site (Seychelles)
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Posidonia seagrass meadows in Ibiza (Spain)
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Posidonia seagrass meadows in the Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture marine World Heritage site (Spain)
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Oxygen bubbles on seagrass leaves in Ibiza (Spain)
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Seagrasses in the Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture marine World Heritage site (Spain)
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Seagrass close-up, Shark Bay, Western Australia marine World Heritage site (Australia)
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Seagrass meadows in the Shark Bay, Western Australia marine World Heritage site (Australia)
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Scientist in the Shark Bay, Western Australia marine World Heritage site (Australia)
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Scientists at work in the Wadden Sea marine World Heritage Site (Denmark/Germany/Netherlands)
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Salt marshes in the Wadden Sea National Park Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Salt marshes in the Wadden Sea National Park Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Salt marshes in the Wadden Sea National Park Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Smurfs and Marine World Heritage
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Smurfs and Marine World Heritage
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Smurfs and Marine World Heritage
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UNESCO Marine World Heritage: Custodians of the globe’s blue carbon assets
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