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CMMAR | Blue Carbon in Algarve Project

Updated: May 23

In a bid to tackle climate change and safeguard the environment, the "Blue Carbon in the Algarve Region for Climate Change Mitigation and Environmental Protection" project has been launched by a team of CMMAR researchers led by Carmen B. de los Santos.

Blue Carbon in Algarve - River with grass that exemples Blue Carbon

Project Objectives and Goals

The project aligns with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aims to assess the carbon storage and sequestration capacity of coastal wetlands in the Algarve region. By focusing on coastal vegetation habitats such as seagrasses and salt marshes, the research seeks to generate vital scientific insights to inform environmental managers about the role of these ecosystems as carbon sinks. Additionally, the project aims to highlight the numerous co-benefits associated with preserving these habitats, including support for fisheries and water purification.

Meet the Team of the Blue Carbon in Algarve project

Carmen B. de los Santos, along with her dedicated team comprising Rui Santos, Márcio Martins, Simon Gotha, and Paula Ito, brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the project. With over six years of experience in Blue Carbon research, Carmen is well-equipped to lead the endeavor. The team's collective accomplishments include previous research projects, seminal publications, and involvement in national and international blue carbon initiatives.

Methodology and Expected Outcomes

The project’s objectives include updating the distribution of Blue Carbon ecosystems in the Algarve region and assessing their carbon stocks and sequestration rates. Using a combination of remote sensing technology, fieldwork, and data analysis, the team aims to create the first Blue Carbon map specific to the Algarve. This map will serve as a valuable resource for the scientific community and key stakeholders, aiding in informed decision-making and policy formulation.

Impact and Significance

The project's findings will not only contribute to national efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 but also provide essential guidance for environmental policies and conservation initiatives based on robust scientific evidence.


FAM Foundation is committed with the sustainable development goals, Blue Carbon in Algarve project impact the following SGD's.

SDG 14

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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