We work with coastal communities – the main custodians and most important beneficiaries of seagrass ecosystem services – and local decision makers to develop new and improved management tools and policies for the conservation of seagrass ecosystems.

We support coastal communities by conducting participatory assessments of their conservation needs and priorities, developing actions and management tools that are grounded in scientific data, traditional ecological knowledge, and customary systems. We connect coastal communities with regional and national decision makers, facilitating an inclusive, evidence-based approach to policy making that reflects community perspectives.

Our work mainstreams seagrass ecosystem services conservation into policy, planning and regulatory frameworks, protecting the needs of both seagrass ecosystems and coastal communities at the local, national and international level. Ultimately, our policy work at country-level acts as the foundation for a global science policy that embraces and reflects the critical role and full value of seagrass.