Blue Carbon projects

AASTMT funds research projects serving SDG14, like “Blue Carbon projects”, which started in March 2021 and working on still in progress

Coastal ecosystems are critical to maintaining human well-being and global biodiversity. In particular, mangrove forests provide numerous benefits and services that are essential for climate adaptation and resilience, where they help mitigate climate change by sequestering and storing significant amounts of carbon (blue carbon) from the atmosphere and oceans. To explicitly address the role of blue carbon ecosystems in climate change mitigation and human wellbeing through policy, regulatory, finance, or other mechanisms, the carbon stock in these ecosystems and the current or potential carbon emissions from changes to those ecosystems must be quantified. In light of the limited studies in the literature that connects the recent reliable estimates of carbon emissions and their relation to the mangroves on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, the overall objective of this project is to facilitate development in the area, restore mangrove ecosystems, enhance ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration), promote sustainable mangrove related income, and act as a model for future projects. This project aims to create a carbon inventory for mangrove beds at selected locations along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. ​​​​​​​