The aim of this project was to support key partnerships in blue carbon research in Te Tauihu and beyond, and support blue carbon sampling in seagrass beds off of Onetahua Farewell Spit.
This project was completed in 2022.
The Forum supported the important work of the Core and Restore Blue Carbon Project carried out by Lauren Walker and Tasman Environmental Trust. More info on this project is on their website: Blue Carbon Core and Restore.
Blue carbon is carbon stored in the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems, particularly in seagrass meadows, salt marsh habitats, and mangroves.
The delicate nature of these ecosystems at the edge of coastlines means that they are particularly vulnerable to degradation and habit loss.
The Nelson Tasman region is significant because it accounts for over a quarter of Aotearoa New Zealand’s total remaining seagrass. This project helped to understand how much blue carbon is stored in regional seagrass habitats and will influence our local and national approach to mitigating climate change.