Wild About Mangroves with
Robyn Shilland - S2 E5
Hello and welcome back to the Wild About conservation Podcast. This week we speak to Robyn Shilland, we dive into her work in marketing and trading blue carbon credits on behalf of the Mikoko Pamoja and Vanga Blue Forest projects. Robyn speaks to us about the potential for conservation to deliver benefits not only for biodiversity but for local people and the climate, and we explore the challenges that community-led projects bring in delivering socially just environmental conservation and climate action.
In this episode we talk about mangroves, their role in the ecosystem, the charity ACES and how it all interconnects to give a community-led sustainable approach to conservation that you may not have yet considered.
Robyn is the Projects Manager for The Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services (ACES) supporting community-led blue carbon projects in East Africa. Alongside this, she is a Research Assistant at Edinburgh Napier exploring the ethical and social justice elements of carbon offsetting and how community justice can be maintained when scaling blue carbon conservation to national scales such as in NDCs under the Paris Agreement. Her work in marketing and trading blue carbon credits on behalf of the Mikoko Pamoja and Vanga Blue Forest projects, as well as her research, have given her over 8 years of experience of the blue carbon market. Recently, Robyn’s research into the opportunities and challenges of seagrass carbon and other Payments for Ecosystem Services is leading ACES in developing a community-led seagrass conservation project alongside certified mangrove carbon projects. Robyn is inspired by the potential for conservation to deliver benefits not only for biodiversity but for local people and the climate, and enjoys the challenges that community-led projects bring in delivering socially just environmental conservation and climate action.
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