Blue Carbon- Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) scheme

Aim: To provide professional scientific validation of the carbon value of seagrasses and mangroves to apply for carbon credit schemes.

Sazani Associates is an international not-for-profit, research and development organisation. We specialise in community engagement through participatory research, and the development of integrated programmes for sustainable rural development in the UK and overseas.

Sazani Associates researched the local area and have supported community engagement, raising awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of the mangrove forest for and with local people. For the local people, mangroves can help protect shorelines and support coastal ecosystems and on a global scale, mangroves trap carbon, which could help with climate change.

Through the WISE collaboration and remote sensing techniques we are working towards validating the Blue carbon stock of the mangrove and sea grass forests. This validation will then enable Sazani to support local communities through the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme to manage the mangrove and sea grass environments more sustainably, generating livelihood and environmental benefits.

ContactMarie Kelly – Aberystwyth University, Mark Proctor – Sazani

Location: Carmarthen / Zanzibar