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UNEP emphasize important role of sea in climate change controller

BALI, Indonesia, Feb. 25 — The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Thursday emphasized the important role of sea and coastal area as the climate change controller in order to save the Earth's future from global warming.

The comment was issued in a joint statement by UNEP and Indonesia that marked the launch of Blue Carbon Concept on the sidelines of the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum held in Nusa Dua of Bali province in Indonesia.

The concept proves the role of marine and coastal ecosystem that are dominated by marine vegetation such as mangrove forests, sea grass, brackish marshes and salt marshes in carbon deposed.

Coastal and marine ecosystem is believed to be able to guard the balance with the forest to take up carbon emissions through sequestration.

Indonesia's Minister for Marine and Fisheries Affairs Fadel Muhammad and the UNEP's Executive Director Achim Steiner said in the joint statement that the basis of the joint statement is the mandate of the Manado Ocean Declaration that was announced in Indonesia May last year and a part of efforts in controlling the impact of climate change.

"We urge all countries to maintain preservation and the ability of sea ecosystem and coastal area as the controller of global climate," they said.

They added that the step has opened chance to conduct further research about the important role of the sea as climate change controller.

"Indonesia with vast area of mangrove and salt marsh will certainly do something to contribute in the process of carbon absorption," said Fadel, adding that action should be taken immediately as the Earth's future and human kind depends on how people manage the sea wisely.

Steiner said that if the world keeps facing climate change, scientifically all options to reduce gas emission must be further explored and become attention of international community, including the potential of blue carbon related to sea and coastal area.

"The new partnership is aimed to attract the world in giving more attention to the important issue,"said Steiner.

The marine issue has been one of the important pillars in a session of the event. (PNA/Xinhua)


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