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Blue Carbon Strategy for SA Coastal Environments

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The Marshall Liberal Government has released a Blue Carbon Strategy for South Australia to help mitigate climate change by protecting our seagrass meadows, saltmarshes and mangroves.

These coastal and marine environments remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in plants and soils to ease climate change. This is known as blue carbon.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new Blue Carbon Strategy sets South Australia’s approach to protect our coastal environments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Minister Speirs said “South Australia has over one million hectares of mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass environments and they are estimated to capture and store up to 3.6% of the state’s annual greenhouse gas emissions each year,”

Healthy blue carbon environments can also provide many benefits that support regional economies and the $1.3 billion marine industries, by providing fisheries habitat, coastal protection and nature-based tourism experiences.

 

 

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