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Blue Carbon Can Reduce Carbon Emission and Support Public Economy

Blue Carbon Can Reduce Carbon Emission and Support Public Economy (illustration: mongobay)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Kaimana Regent Mathias Mairuma expresses his support in carbon emissions reduction commitments. Moreover, blue carbon has been echoed as one of the contributions to the world carbon emission reduction targets in the 22nd UN Climate Change Conference of The Parties (COP) in Morocco in 2016.

At the conference, there were 151 countries that had at least one of the blue carbon ecosystems. Indonesia is one country that has three blue carbon ecosystem namely mangrove, seagrass and tidal swamp.

Calculations by Conservation International (CI) note that overall, with a mangrove area of approximately 76 thousand hectares, Kaimana District stores a carbon stock of 54 million Mg C with additional carbon uptake potential of 168,128 MgC/year.

"In the management of mangrove Kaimana not only support the achievement of national commitment in emission reduction, but also support the society economy," said Mathias in Jakarta, Tuesday (17/10/2017).

Matias further said his side will help provide scientific data and will also provide strategic inputs in the conservation of mangrove ecosystems, strengthening local conservation governance and developing sustainable livelihood alternatives of communities, such as from mangrove crab cultivation.

"During this time, the crab in Kaimana Regency is very low, one kilogram is only three thousand rupiahs, and in Jakarta restaurants, one ounce can reach 75 thousand," said Mathias.

Therefore, in addition to reducing carbon emissions, it will also approach the community to achieve prosperity and exploit the potential of early mangrove forests as a crab habitat and adjust the price of comparable and fair products.

"There are already more than 100 palm oil investors who want to make mangrove areas as palm oil, but we refused their plans. We want to continue to make mangrove areas in favor of the welfare of local communities," Mathias explained.