Blue Carbon Society supports public-private partnerships for oceans

Real Estate Press Releases Wednesday May 30, 2018 16:29
Bangkok--30 May--Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited
Public-private partnerships will be vital to restoring coastal and marine ecosystems, according to BCS presentation for International Day for Biological Diversity.
  • BCS participated in a conference at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam in Bangkok on 23 May to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity
  • BCS Director Dr Wit Soontaranun highlighted how ecosystems like mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrass meadows are vital to biodiversity, both directly and as carbon sinks
  • Dr Soontaranun underscored how the public and private sectors must work together to resolve the challenges facing such habitats

Blue Carbon Society (BCS), an association dedicated to the well-being of ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass meadows, and salt marshes, highlighted how public-private collaboration can help preserve seas and coasts at a conference in Bangkok on 23 May for the UN's International Day for Biological Diversity.

BCS Director Dr Wit Soontaranun's presentation underscored the vital importance of marine and coastal environments to biodiversity – both directly and through countering climate change – and how their many challenges require cross-sector partnerships.

"Coastal ecosystems are crucial to biological diversity not only directly, as nurseries for fish and feeding grounds for marine mammals, especially endangered species. They also contribute to biodiversity worldwide by absorbing carbon and helping mitigate climate change," he said.

"But they are habitats that require the public and private sectors to work together closely. To rehabilitate a degraded coastal environment, for example, we must carry out research, raise public awareness about polluting, transform how we deal with waste, clean up the actual site, and also win over the local community. All that requires diverse resources and expertise."

The conference at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam was hosted by organizations including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Thailand.

Over 80 experts participated in the event, representing government agencies, local government, NGOs, academia, and the private sector. Attendees included Dr. Nawarat Krairapanond, Director of the Bureau of the Environmental Fund; Dr. Jessica Alvsilver, Regional Node Adviser for Asia-Pacific at UNDP; Mr. Surapol Duangkarn, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Environmental Management at ONEP and a member of its Environmental Fund Committee; and Mr. Decha Siripat, founder and Chairman of Khaokwan Foundation.


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