Though terrestrial forests typically get most of the attention, they are not the only ecosystems that possess a natural ability to fight climate change. There are three coastal ecosystems that are also highly effective at sequestering carbon dioxide: mangroves, seagrass, and salt marshes. The carbon that is captured and stored by these coastal ecosystems is known as “blue carbon.” Pound for pound, these blue carbon ecosystems can actually store up to 10 times more carbon than tropical rainforests!
We are currently leading a project to help Palau become the world’s first carbon neutral destination. In doing so, we are mitigating tourism’s carbon footprint, boosting climate resilience, improving local livelihoods, empowering women, and preserving this pristine paradise for future generations.Now, we want to know: which island should be next?
We are currently battling a terrible global crisis. Over the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken millions of lives, shut down tourism, and threatened the livelihoods of countless people. Though COVID-19 is front of mind right now, there is another crisis that will bring even graver consequences for humanity and imperil the destinations we love. That threat is climate change.
In April 2019, we visited the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and facilitated one of our Destination Guardian workshops in collaboration with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism, Heart of St. Kitts Foundation, and St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council.