A new study, ‘The Planetary Role of Seagrass Conservation‘, by Unsworth, R. et al., shows the importance of seagrass for achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Scientists from Project Seagrass and Swansea University recently published a a new study demonstrating how conserving and restoring seagrass meadows contributes to achieving 16 out of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – suggesting that looking beyond their value in carbon sequestration and storage is critical to achieving the recovery of these degraded ecosystems.
Seagrasses should be recognized for their important contribution to reducing poverty, reducing hunger, improving water quality, wellbeing, gender equality and economic growth, as well as their more evident contributions to biodiversity and climate change mitigation
In the face of these global challenges, the study highlights the urgent need for local and regional authorities to take stock of their seagrass, past and present, and look to coordinated efforts for seagrass recovery and restoration.
The full article is available to read here
Unsworth, R. et al., (2022), The planetary role of seagrass conservation. Science, Vol 377, Issue 6606 pp. 609-613.