Xiamen to build blue carbon education center
Xiatanwei Mangrove Park [Photo/Wang Xieyun]
Xiatanwei Mangrove Park in the coastal city of Xiamen, the largest artificial mangrove ecosystem in East China's Fujian province, plans to build an education center featuring blue carbon, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Ocean Development announced at a press conference on Dec 3.
Blue carbon is the carbon captured by the world's oceans and coastal ecosystems.
Mangroves are spectacular ecosystems that help protect biodiversity by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the sea.
The mangrove park in Xiamen covers 85 hectares, and, as a carbon neutrality program of the Plenary Session of the BRICS Xiamen Summit in 2017, it has become a model for such conferences around the world.
"We will combine different ways for people to watch and learn about carbon fixation, such as by observing through a box, and using VR glasses, showing the process of ocean carbon sink," said Chi Xincai, an official from the bureau.
The blue carbon pavilion will be equipped with a VR exhibition hall, digital sand table, and lighting interaction hall.
The bureau also plans to improve the facilities for seed production and fish release, and build a multifunctional center to organize activities related to fishing resources for people to experience and learn.
A sailing center will also be built at Xiatanwei Mangrove Park, with Xiamen Ocean Vocational College for talent training, competitions, research, and leisure.