Blue carbon: first level exploration of blue carbon in the Arabian Peninsula

United Nations Environment Programme (2012)

Healthy natural coastal ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, saltwater marshlands and seagrass meadows provide a vast array of important co-benefits to coastal communities around the world, including throughout the Arabian Peninsula. These benefits include ecosystem services such as a rich cultural heritage

the protection of shorelines from storms

erosion or sea-level rise

food from fisheries

maintenance of water quality

and landscape beauty for recreation and ecotourism. In a Blue Carbon context these ecosystems also store and sequester potentially vast amounts of carbon in sediments and biomass.