2021 International Symposium of Blue Carbon held during 2021 World Ocean Week in Xiamen

Themed as Blue Carbon Ecosystems Management for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption, the 2021 International Conference of Blue Carbon was held on the 19th November 2021 as hybrid meeting in Xiamen. The conference is sponsored by Third Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Oceanography (TIO-MNR), P.R.C. and the Blue Carbon Initiative, as a major event of the PEMSEA EAS Congress 2021 and 2021 World Ocean Week in Xiamen, with the help of SEE Foundation and 5 other entities. Nearly 300 participants from 21 countries present the symposium, including government officials, scholars and NGO representatives concerning Blue Carbon. 

Ms. Qi Ping, Deputy Director General of the Department of Marine Forecasting and Monitoring, MNR, P.R.C, Dr. Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director of PEMSEA, Dr. Emily Pidgeon, co-chair of the Blue Carbon Initiative and Vice President of Ocean Science and Innovation, Conservation International attended the meeting and made opening remarks for the conference on the cloud. Dr. Chen Bin, Deputy Director General of Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR hosted the opening ceremony and called for all participants to further push forward regional blue carbon development and promote the establishment of blue carbon partnership.

At the conference, experts and scholars from government departments, research institutes, universities, international organizations and NGOs provided their thoughts and insights on Global Progress in Blue Carbon Science and Policy and Regional Progress in Blue Carbon Science and Management for Coping with Climate Change, attracted warm discussion on solutions to increase carbon sequestration and the balance of the stakeholders’ interests. Director General of TIO-MNR, Dr. Cai Feng concluded the conference, and on behalf of the organizers, urged the experts group to extend the discussion based on the outcomes of the conference and continue to work on Seas of East Asia Blue Carbon Initiative.

In order to strengthen exchanges on blue carbon science and policies, enhance blue carbon research and promote regional blue carbon cooperation, TIO-MNR and Blue Carbon Initiative held two sessions of the International Symposium of Blue Carbon in 2017 and 2018, building consensus on blue carbon development and facilitating international exchanges and cooperation on blue carbon.

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