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We are facing a triple planetary crisis: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Blue forests help to address this crisis by capturing and sequestering carbon, nurturing marine biodiversity, improving water quality, and shielding coastal communities from erosion, storms, and flooding. Yet globally these ecosystems are declining at an alarming rate.

Blue Forests Week 2022 will begin with a two-day webinar series on the importance of seagrass meadows. The webinars will focus on international approaches to seagrass conservation and restoration, and both will be held in English. On December 1st, Blue Forests Week will close with a hybrid seminar in Norwegian at the Norwegian Environment Agency, focusing on the consideration of blue forests within coastal zone spatial planning and regional management plans domestically.

Participation is free and open to all. Register for the week's events here. For each day's programme, please click on the links below.

Tuesday, November 29th (webinar)

Unsung heroes: The hidden value of seagrass meadows
09:30 – 11:30 CET | Microsoft Teams
Language: English

Wednesday, November 30th (webinar)
Learning from the Meadows: Pathways for seagrass conservation & restoration
09:30 – 11:30 CET | Microsoft Teams
Language: English

Thursday, December 1st (hybrid seminar in Oslo)
Norwegian Blue Forests: What is being done, what more is needed?
09:30 – 12:00* CET | The Norwegian Environment Agency, Grensesvingen 7, Oslo / Livestream
Language: Norwegian

*For in-person attendees, there will be coffee served from 09:00-09:30, as well as lunch at 12:00.

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Release date: 22 Nov 2022

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