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Regional Course on Blue Carbon: A Nuclear Approach to Climate Change Mitigation

Regional Course on Blue Carbon: A Nuclear Approach to Climate Change Mitigation

Regional Course on Blue Carbon: A Nuclear Approach to Climate Change Mitigation

A Unique Collaboration for Climate Change Mitigation

The National Center for Nuclear Energy, Sciences and Nuclear Techniques (CNESTEN) is hosting a regional course on blue carbon from September 25-29. The course is organized in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA) as part of a regional cooperation agreement for Africa on research, development, and training in nuclear science and technology.

Understanding Blue Carbon

Blue carbon refers to the carbon captured by the world’s ocean and coastal ecosystems. These ecosystems, which include mangroves, seagrasses, and tidal marshes, can capture and store a large amount of carbon in both the plants and the sediment below. When these ecosystems are damaged or destroyed, they can release large amounts of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

Training on Nuclear and Isotopic Techniques

The course aims to provide training on the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to assess the ability of coastal ecosystems to act as carbon sinks. These techniques can provide accurate and reliable data on carbon storage and fluxes in these ecosystems, which can inform mitigation strategies for climate change.

International Participation and Expertise

The event is expected to bring together experts from AIEA and CNESTEN, and 36 professionals from 15 African countries are set to participate. These countries include South Africa, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, and Tunisia, in addition to Morocco.

Sharing Experience and Infrastructure

CNESTEN is committed to sharing its experience with similar institutions in the region. The center will provide these institutions with access to its analysis laboratories and infrastructures, particularly those accredited according to the ISO 17025 standard. This standard specifies the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

The Role of CNESTEN in Environmental Protection

The organization of this training course highlights the significant role played by CNESTEN in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in environmental protection. The center is recognized as an international collaboration center by the IAEA for its work in this field.

The International Blue Carbon Initiative

It is worth mentioning that the International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on mitigating climate change through the conservation and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems. The initiative is a partnership among Conservation International, IUCN, and IOC-UNESCO and has been operational since 2011. It works with scientists, private organizations, and government agencies to achieve its goal.

The Future of Blue Carbon

The study and application of blue carbon strategies have the potential to significantly mitigate climate change. The training course organized by CNESTEN and AIEA is a significant step towards building the necessary expertise and infrastructure in the African region to leverage this potential. As the understanding and application of blue carbon continue to grow, it is hoped that more countries and institutions will invest in this promising field of climate change mitigation.