COP22 06/12/2015

Protecting Mangrove forests

In 2015, the COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Change Conference, will attempt to obtain a universal, legally binding agreement on the climate, after more than 20 years of negotiations at the United Nations. Its goal is to keep global warming below 2°C. International maritime traffic is responsible for 2% of the total emissions of greenhouse gases.

There’s only one way to achieve this, which is by drastically reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases. A global reduction of 40% to 70% by 2050 will be essential. The ultimate objective is to approach zero emissions by the end of the century. Here again, satellites, which are already operational, will continue to play a key role. CLS uses satellites to monitor our carbon footprint in maritime areas. How? By optimising all human activity on our seas and oceans: maritime routing, support for green energy, protection of mangrove forests, and tax incentives to reduce the production of waste.

Mangroves act as a carbon sink and a barrier against tsunamis. from space we can observe them, map their extent, monitor their state of health and better protect them
With rising water levels, they also help combat soil salinisation. In Indonesia, CLS has delivered INDESO : a satellite-based operational oceanography centre capable of receiving high-resolution satellite optical images. This information enables Indonesia to map its mangrove forests and monitor their state of health day after day.