Costa Rica hosts talks about the green carbon that produce our forests where some public and private projects receive environmental payments.
However, the natural richness of Costa Rica has other places that produce more carbon — it is the mangroves.
“Mangroves are the largest carbon banks around the world. In places like Sierpe more than 1000 tonnes of carbon per hectare.” said Boone Kauffman of the University of Oregon
Recently 32 experts from around the world met in our country as part of the international working group of blue carbon initiative.
Previously there were two meetings in Bali and Paris.
Experts look for ways to quantify the carbon in mangrove and how it might be incentives for them?
Marco Quesada of Conservation International, said in the mangroves there are many species that are responsible for fixing carbon through mechanisms such as photosynthesis. ”
For national authorities and NGOs, if put up the blue carbon initiative, our country could have many benefits, including economic ones that help protect our mangroves, since more than half are out of a management plan in Total 32,970acres.
Only 27,052 hectares are protected in Térraba-Sierpe and 3,706 in Puntarenas.
It is estimated that since the 40’s until today, the world lost 30 percent of mangroves.
As part of the efforts NASA is using satellites to investigate the role of mangroves and the carbon produced.
In our country, years ago used a plane and did field work in the south.
Costa Rica committed to being carbon neutral by 2021, a target for some will be missed. But international scientists highlight the efforts being made in the country.
Costa Rica is one of the leading countries carbon neutral initiatives in the world, Costa Rica should continue towards a path that recognizes that coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and beaches, are degraded by development, deforestation and unregulated shrimp.
As part of the meeting scientists went through the National Park Manuel Antonio Quepos and other Pacific areas.
The next meeting would be held in August and Costa Rica could be part of the pilot.