Why have we asked partners to submit a Blue Carbon Code of conduct to the UN Oceans Conference?This is a non-binding Voluntary Commitment, essentially a pledge to support the development of fair, socially just and accountable blue carbon projects. Our code comes from Bennett et. al. 2017.Our GOALS here are to:Raise the profile of the issue of community involvement in blue carbon project and to stimulate conversation;Help provide guidance for the appropriate and just involvement of communities in blue carbon projects, and so that we can avoid some of the negative socio-ecological issues that UN REDD has experienced; and toHelp address the ‘blue carbon is ocean grabbing’ criticism that was advanced around COP21.The following it the full text for the Voluntary Commitment submitted to the UN Oceans Conference: