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UK Seagrass Reforestation

What is Blue Carbon?

Blue carbon is simply the term for carbon captured by the world's ocean and coastal ecosystems. Seagrass, mangroves and salt marshes along our coast "capture and hold" carbon, acting as something called a carbon sink. These coastal systems, though much smaller in size than the planet's forests, sequester this carbon at a much faster rate, and can continue to do so for millions of years. Most of the carbon taken up by these ecosystems is stored below ground where we can't see it, but it is still there. The carbon found in coastal soil is often thousands of years old!

About this Project

Background

Seagrass consists of flowering plants that live in shallow waters along coastal areas. Their leaves form large underwater meadows and host many animal ecosystems. Seagrasses occupy 0.1% of the seafloor, yet are responsible for 11% of the organic carbon buried in the ocean (also called « blue carbon »). These meadows form the basis of the world’s primary fishing grounds, supplying 20% of the world’s fisheries, and support communities and livelihoods. They provide vital nutrition for close to 3 billion people, and 50% of animal protein to 400 million people in the third world. Despite its importance, seagrass is disappearing. In the last 40 years, we’ve lost one third of seagrass meadows globally. Storms, diseases and humans induced threats such as pollution can have devastating local effects. Physical disturbance can also occur from contact with boat propellers and from chain moorings.

Project Outcome

Choosing to support this project not only increases carbon sequestering and protected seaforestation, but also underwater habitats, and the wellbeing of our oceans and seas. In the last decade, multiple projects have been committed to reversing that trend, working to conserve seagrass to ensure that the benefits they provide communities are sustained now and for the future.

Fact File

🌿 2,000,000 seeds planted by the project developer

🌏 The developer restores seagrass across 14 countries

🙋 3000+ volunteers engaged in the project

Partnership & Certification

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How you can help

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Our Impact to Date

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Project Location Area

SDG Contributions

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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