The seagrasses of La Guajira would be a pantry of blue carbon

A recent study indicates that the seagrasses of La Guajira are large blue carbon sinks, a relevant finding in the context of climate change mitigation.

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Blue carbon is that which is captured and stored by marine and coastal ecosystems. Its protection is important due to its valuable contribution to mitigating climate change, since it contributes to continuously removing CO2 from the atmosphere for a long time.

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Protection is vital of seagrasses is vital

The research that gave rise to this discovery was carried out through the strategy ‘Mangroves, seagrasses and local communities’ (Mapco), an articulated action between the European Union, the Natura Foundation, Invemar and the Regional Autonomous Corporation of La Guajira (Corpoguajira), among other organizations, aimed at promoting the knowledge and conservation of biodiversity in these ecosystems.

During a work table held with representatives of C Orpoguajira and Invemar highlighted that the high representation of blue carbon in several seagrass meadows in the northern part of the department, especially in the Hondita and Portete bays, provides the basis for generating conservation projects that help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

According to what was stated by Samuel Lanao Robles, general director of Corpoguajira, “the The project was key to achieving the declaration of the Sawairu integrated management regional district, the largest seagrass area in the country declared under conservation. Additionally, we highlight the relevance of the works due to the strong role of blue carbon in reducing the effects of climate change.”

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In addition to the above, he specified that actions and initiatives such as these are aimed at protecting said ecosystem.

For her part, Anny Zamora, head of global change at Invemar, explained: “ Through this articulated experience we consolidate a great learning and important technical bases that constitute a key input to continue managing the conservation of seagrasses and marine protected areas.”


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