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International and national legal regimes recognise the carbon dioxide sequestered in land-based trees, and in appropriate circumstances allow this carbon to count towards emission reduction targets and trading regimes. ‘Blue carbon’ is the carbon sequestered in coastal ecosystem, and emerging scientific research is recognising the value of these ecosystems as a carbon stock. The legal issues surrounding blue carbon have not yet been fully explored. Whilst securing a land-based carbon storage site is relatively straightforward, more complicated ownership regimes in the marine context raise interesting legal issues.  Dr Justine Bell-James's research aims to explore these legal issues, as a further step towards realising the carbon sequestration values of these ecosystems.

Project members

Dr Justine Bell-James

Lecturer
TC Beirne School of Law