Photo Story: Out in the field with our project partners
A snapshot journey illustrating the work the Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project has been doing recently – spanning project sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
The project aims to improve the conservation status of seagrass meadows and the biodiversity they support by working closely with field practitioners, coastal communities and technical experts to deliver site-specific assessments of seagrass health and threats, and to evaluate the ecosystem services seagrass provides such as fishery production and blue carbon.
This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
All photos credited to: Project Seagrass
Collecting intertidal seagrass data in Pulau Setindan, Johor, Malaysia – with Dhivya Nair from MareCet.
Juvenile Striped Eel Catfish (Plotosus lineatus) using seagrass as a nursery, spotted using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) – in Bahoi, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Schools of Mottled Spinefoot (Siganus fuscescens) and a Milkspot Puffer (Chelonodontops patoca) using the seagrass area, observed using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) as part of ongoing fieldwork – with Yapeka in Bahoi, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The development of this resort has directly removed areas of mangrove, seagrass and coral reef in an area known to be a popular with dugongs. This resort will provide thousands and jobs and tourism income to the surrounding communities – in Tarabitan, Indonesia.