19 November 2014
In response to the call by the United Nations to provide innovative solutions to address the climate challenge and to prevent global biodiversity loss, GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Blue Climate Solutions, a project of The Ocean Foundation, have produced a report on the potential of marine vertebrates to readily fill this void.
“Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services is a key step in increasing our understanding of the ways that marine vertebrates contribute to the global carbon cycle, one of the vital functions of our life support system,” stated Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue and a former Chief Scientist of NOAA, who provided the report’s preface.
”Acknowledging the importance of marine life in climate change will not only provide much needed opportunities for climate mitigation, it will simultaneously enhance food security for coastal and island communities, while safeguarding biodiversity and marine ecosystems on a global scale, particularly in the unprotected high seas,” she added.
Marine vertebrate carbon services, or 'Fish Carbon' for short, are natural mechanisms of carbon cycling in all marine ecosystems, from shallow coasts to ocean depths.
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