Philippines’ mangroves could generate first-of-its-kind blue carbon credits in Asia-Pacific

A man measures of the growth of newly planted mangroves in Silonay, the Philippines. Coastal ecosystems are rich carbon sinks and provide a host of other benefits

Mangroves protect coasts, support fisheries and are rich carbon sinks. Can an upcoming pilot project in the archipelago incentivise communities to keep these valuable ecosystems intact?

The Philippines could be home to the first blue carbon project in Asia-Pacific that uses a ground-breaking method to calculate the amount of carbon stored in mangroves.

Blue carbon refers to carbon captured by oceans and coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrasses, which are rich carbon sinks that store more carbon than terrestrial forests.