Publication - Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

New publication from the SL@M team!

Dr Sebastian Thomas has co-authored a paper titled 'The potential to integrate blue carbon into MPA design and management', published in the journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems on 7 September 2017.

The paper looks at ways in which Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can encourage protection and management of carbon sequestered in mangroves, coastal marshes and seagrass meadows - known as 'blue carbon'.

With blue carbon on the agenda of many carbon finance institutions, this paper provides proposals for MPA design to be integrated with 'blue economics'.

By providing sustainable funding through carbon finance mechanisms, the design of MPAs could be extended to have significant benefits for conservation, restoration, emission reduction and sustainable development objectives.

Publication - International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics

Congratulations to PhD candidate Anita Talberg for her new publication 'Geoengineering governance-by-default: an earth system governance perspective'.

This paper describes and analyses the geoengineering governance landscape that has developed in the absence of explicit geoengineering regulation.

The paper was published online on September 8th in the Springer journal - 'International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics'.

You can read more about Anita and her doctorate projects here and on the Australian-German Energy and Climate College.

Media - Smarter electrification: providing energy isn't enough

Dr Sebastian Thomas of the Sustainability Science Lab at the University of Melbourne discusses his work on the Indonesian island of Morotai, in partnership with Institut Teknologi Bandung and researchers from Monash University and Paramadina University

The Indonesian government is committed to providing energy to all citizens by 2020. It isn't going to be easy for a 5,150km-long archipelago where more than 65 million people, many in remote communities, currently go without. An Australia-Indonesia Centre project is working to identify the opportunities and challenges in meeting the real needs of these communities.

Conference news - Pacific Blue Economy Conference

Dr Sebastian Thomas will travel to Suva, Fiji to present at the first high-level knowledge and exchange platform towards a blue economy in the Pacific Islands. 

The event, hosted by the Pacific Islands Development Forum,  runs over two days on 23rd-24th August. 

'Blue economy' refers to economic value gathered from the marine and coastal systems. Sebastian is particularly interested in blue carbon - the carbon dioxide stored in marine and coastal ecosystems. 

Dr Thomas will present a short talk about financing the blue economy, and is on a panel discussion regarding the potential of blue carbon for the Pacific region to pursue sustainable development.

Read more here

Stay tuned for a wrap up blog piece! 

Conference news - Resilience2017

Master of Environment student Jack Simkin and PhD candidate Kieran Sullivan will travel to Stockholm, Sweden this week to present at Resilience2017.

This event will showcase leading resilience science research, looking at transitions, transformations and building resilient systems in uncertain times.

For more information on the event, visit the Resilience 2017 website. The conference runs from 20th-23rd August.

A wrap up of the event will be posted on our blog shortly after the two SL@M members return. 

Stay tuned!

Student news - Climate-KIC and The Journey

Over the next PhD candidate Kieran Sullivan will embark on The Journey - a three week summer school programme run by Climate-KIC (Knowledge Innovation Centre) and the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology).

The programme offers opportunities to investigate innovative solutions to real-world problems, focusing on climate entrepreneurship and sustainable design. 

Kieran will be spending most of his time on Journey 1 - starting in Cyprus and ending in Sofia, Bulgaria.

At the end of The Journey, teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts to see who has what it takes to become a climate entrepreneur.

Stay tuned for a post Journey blog post!