About this Project
Global Seagrass Restoration What is seagrass? 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 (blue carbon). Seagrass meadows, mangroves and coastal wetlands capture carbon at a rate greater than that of tropical forests. 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. What is the issue? Like rainforest’s and coral reefs, these incredible underwater gardens are threatened. Globally, estimates suggest we lose an area of seagrass around the same size as two football pitches every hour. What is the solution? Restoration and seaforestation see the world's vast seagrass meadows replanted, regrown, and protected from further destruction.
How you can help
In the last 40 years, we’ve lost one third of seagrass meadows globally. Despite its importance, seagrass is disappearing. Storms, disease and human induced threats such as pollution and decreased water clarity, often triggered by excessive nutrients and sediments in runoff from the land, can have devastating local effects. Physical disturbance can also occur from contact with boat propellers and from chain moorings. 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. Supporting these projects supports the sequestering of carbon via seagrass, and the protection of thousands of underwater habitats worldwide.