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Multiple MASTS members and partner institutes awarded £10k for international blue carbon partnerships

Blue carbon experts have been successful in their bids for funding up to £10,000 per project, following the launch of the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge (BCIPC) in April by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan.

The BCIPC has supported new international partnerships to share knowledge and find ways to move from research to action as they explore how carbon stored in our ocean (blue carbon) can help mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.

The four project teams selected to receive funding demonstrated innovation in areas of research that can help to realise the potential of blue carbon nature-based solutions for climate, people and biodiversity globally.

Projects and teams

  1. Blue forests – how macroalgae farming can be used in a net-zero policy framework

    Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) from Scotland and KTH Royal Institute of Technology from Sweden

  2. Assessment of the potential for blue carbon partnerships between Scotland and international partners

    Partners from Scotland: University of St Andrews and the USA: Conservation International (CI)

  3. Blue carbon ocean literacy: Communicating blue carbon research and evidence to diverse stakeholder communities

    Project partners from Scotland: Edinburgh Napier University, the Association for Coast Ecosystem Services (ACES) and Project Seagrass; Kenya: Vanga Blue Forest and USA/Philippines: Mangrove Action Project.

  4. Maximising the co-benefits of blue carbon restoration – for nature, blue economy, and communities

    Partners from Scotland: James Hutton Institute and University of St Andrews, Norway: Norwegian Geological Survey, and Ireland: University College Dublin

Read more about each project from the Marine Scotland blog here


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