Deakin Marine Research and Innovation Centre
Deakin University, Burwood campus
221 Burwood Hwy, VIC 3125
Nipuni completed her graduate studies at the University of Colombo with a background in Climate change and Biodiversity Conservation. Her previous research experiences include carbon storage assessments in tropical salt marshes and wildlife conservation conflicts in Sri Lankan National Parks.
As a PhD candidate at BCL, Nipuni is investigating the financial mechanisms for blue carbon projects in the tourism industry. She aims to explore the feasibility of integrating blue carbon habitats into an economic framework creating marketing opportunities for the tourism sector while ensuring the preservation of the ecosystems and the deliverance of socio-economic co-benefits to local communities. Through her research, Nipuni expects to develop a blue carbon-based voluntary carbon crediting scheme, that can be implemented as a part of tourism operators’ strategy to mitigate climate change.
Blue Carbon, Tropical Salt marshes, Carbon offset scheme, Voluntary Carbon Credits
Perera, N., Lokupitiya, E., Halwatura, D., and Udagedara, S. Quantification of Blue Carbon Stock in Tropical Salt marshes. A Pilot Study in Wedithalathivu Nature Reserve, Sri Lanka (2022) Science of The Total Environment, 820, 153313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153313
DOZENs Journal Club session – Treasure hidden in the Coastal Mud