Earlier this year, we won an Uplink/World Economic Forum Blue Carbon Challenge award for our innovative and pioneering work on GEM, the mangrove mapping and monitoring tool. The Blue Carbon Challenge was a global call for blue carbon initiatives (focused on mangrove, seagrass, marsh, and seaweed) which could lead to carbon credits, and/or tools in finance, education and training that improve trust and transparency in the blue carbon market.
Since then, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Uplink created this short video about our GEM tool.
It makes monitoring tools freely available to NGOs. Learn more about the innovators protecting our coastlines on UpLink: https://t.co/FMEZlUMzbt @WEFUpLink @BlueVentures @FriendsofOcean pic.twitter.com/qM0AOF8ld2
— World Economic Forum (@wef) December 9, 2022
GEM (the Google Earth Engine mangrove mapping methodology) aims to overcome some of the technical barriers to community-led mangrove conservation and blue carbon project development by providing coastal communities with an accessible, intuitive tool to map their mangroves and monitor changes over time. Over the coming year, our blue carbon team will be rolling out GEM across key mangrove conservation sites and converting the tool into a more user-friendly app. Putting data-driven, adaptive mangrove management into the hands of coastal communities allows them to better monitor the impact of their conservation efforts. We hope that GEM will pave the way for the development of locally led blue carbon projects, and capitalise on the soaring global market for blue carbon credits.
Read more about GEM, enabling coastal communities to harness the value of Blue Carbon.