Story | 26 Jan, 2022

Private companies can now participate in the development of Blue Carbon projects in Andalusia - Spain

The Life Blue Natura project ends with one of the most anticipated results: the establishment of two pilot projects for blue carbon compensation. These new projects are supported by the new Andalusian carbon standard for the certification of blue carbon credits, as well as the legal framework of the Andalusian Climate Change Law.

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Photo: by Rudmer Zwerver

The work carried out by this project has revealed the carbon richness of the sediments in tidal marshes and seagrass meadows of the Bay of Cádiz, as well as in the Posidonia meadows of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. Thanks to the definition of these projects and the Andalusian blue carbon standard, companies will be able to offset their carbon emissions in the voluntary carbon market through these projects based on the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems in the European context for the first time.

IUCN-Med has participated in the development of this project and the establishment of these blue carbon projects and has developed the first manual to support the financing of restoration and conservation efforts in Europe and the Mediterranean:

This methodology and tools tested and developed in Andalusia are already pioneering bases to implement other blue carbon projects through the emission compensation markets within Europe.

Event to enhance public-private dialogue in Malaga

Under the title "Blue carbon at the heart of a healthy climate", a workshop held last November in Malaga offered talks and round tables with representatives of public administrations of several region in Spain (Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia), as well as research institutions (CSIC Blanes), the Spanish Climate Change Office, the Andalusian Climate Change Office and private companies,including Navantia, Cepsa, Red Eléctrica and Grupo Eulen. .

LIFE blue natura Maria Sanchis Miquel Mir Mireia Mollà,

The event highlighted the advantages and opportunities represented by the reduction and compensation of the carbon footprint through blue carbon projects, in addition to sharing the different advances that are taking place in the matter in other autonomous communities and publicizing the new Andalusian blue carbon standard.

Cepsa Navantia Red Electrica Eulen LIFE Blue Natura Agenda 2030

Link to live broadcast of the event:

Part 1 - Part 2

LIFE BLUE NATURA  (LIFE14 CCM/ES/000957 - Andalusian blue carbon for climate change mitigation: quantification and valorisation mechanisms) is a European project, coordinated by the Regional Government of Andalusia *Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio), in cooperation with the Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua de Andalucía (AMAYA), CSIC-CEAB, IUCN-Med and Asociación Hombre y Territorio (HyT), with the participation of Fundación Cepsa.

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