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All delegate travel to be offset with community mangrove project!


IMCC5 Carbon Offsetting

Given the scope and severity of climate change, and the mission of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and the SCB Marine Section, since IMCC4 we have taken steps to ensure the International Marine Conservation Congress does not become "part of the problem." The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) was a watershed moment, where a call for action rather than words was made in relation to the cutting and eliminating of carbon emissions. Given the particularly severe threats to ocean environments, IMCCs should lead the addressing of climate change and ocean acidification.

The IMCC Organizing Committee has thus again decided to donate to a carbon offset project to cover the carbon footprint of delegate travel and conference organizing, rather than asking delegates to "opt in" to carbon offset and voluntarily pay a fee in addition to the registration fee. The carbon emissions associated with IMCC5 will be fully offset through this donation by the International Marine Conservation Congress and the SCB Marine Section. We are also taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference in many other ways.

Following a rigorous process, which involved the evaluation of several carbon offsetting projects, the IMCC4 Organizing Committee chose the Mikoko Pamoja mangrove offsetting project in Kenya as its offsetting partner. The IMCC5 Organizing Committee is continuing this relationship. You can learn more about the project below, on the project’s website, and in this Guardian report.


Blue Forests - People and Mangroves Together from Robyn Shilland on Vimeo.

Mikoko Pamoja is a community-led mangrove conservation and restoration project in Gazi Bay, Kenya. It involves community-based policing of illegal mangrove harvesting, as well as the application of local expertise in mangrove planting. The project won the Equator Initiative Prize for community solutions to climate change in 2017. Mikoko Pamoja is accredited by Plan Vivo, an independent charity that specialises in community-based forestry projects.

Mangroves provide a wide range of ecosystem services, including coastal protection, nursery habitat for fish and water purification. Along with a wide range of associated ecological benefits including improved fisheries wildlife habitat and coastal protection, the project seeks to raise income from forest resources, including carbon credits and other income generating activities such as beekeeping and ecotourism, for community benefit.

The project is managed by three groups: The Mikoko Pamoja Community Organization (MPCO) consists of representatives of Gazi Bay, specifically Gazi and Makongeni villages; The Mikoko Pamoja Steering Group (MPSG), which provides technical support to the MPCO; and the project coordinator, The Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services (ACES), a charity registered in Scotland