According to a State Department media note, as chair of the Summit of the Americas process the U.S. on March 1 convened participating governments on the margins of the Our Ocean Conference in Panama to exchange experiences and discuss ideas to support green shipping and strengthen coastal ecosystems.

Participants discussed implementing the commitments on a sustainable green future that were made in Los Angeles last June and there were calls for action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. In this regard, the State Dept. media note pointed out that if shipping were a country it would rank amongst the top ten largest emitters globally.

The countries of the Americas were also urged to protect and restore blue carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, salt marshes, sea grass beds, and river grass beds, which can sequester as much as five times the carbon as terrestrial forests per unit area while protecting coastlines from climate impacts and supporting biodiversity.

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