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Blue Carbon Law Symposium Scheduled for May 17-18, 2023

Apr 5, 2023

Registration is now open for the Sea Grant Blue Carbon Law Symposium to be held in Athens, Georgia, on May 17-18, 2023. The symposium will highlight the connections between blue carbon science, policy, and law, and explore impacts of this rapidly evolving field on communities, businesses, governments, resource managers, and other stakeholders.

Blue carbon systems are natural coastal habitats, such as salt marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses, that are able to capture and store atmospheric carbon. Investing in blue carbon systems protects these habitats and surrounding coastal communities and helps mitigate some climate change impacts, including sea-level rise and worsening storm surge.

Topics the symposium will cover include the legal and policy context of carbon credit markets and how blue carbon fits within these markets; the state-of-knowledge of blue carbon science; specific blue carbon projects being developed in the U.S. and internationally; and challenges, barriers, and social equity needs of successful blue carbon projects. For more information, contact Brita Jessen, Interdisciplinary Research and Partnership lead, at (843) 953-6417.