Project Seagrass

OUR PLAN TO SAVE THE WORLD’S SEAGRASS

OUR PLAN TO SAVE THE WORLD’S SEAGRASS

OUR STRATEGY

Project Seagrass is focused on delivering real change to save the world’s seagrass as well as promoting the sustainable use of seagrass ecosystems. Our aims derive in response to the previously identified Global Challenges for Seagrass Conservation which serve as a blueprint for the actions that are needed to secure the future of the world’s seagrass ecosystems and
maintain the vital services which they supply. Over the period of 2022-2031 we will target six aims, each of which highlights the outcomes that we are seeking for the world’s seagrass ecosystems. These broad outcomes are what seagrass needs to thrive and will be used to guide our specific objectives.

To be a global champion for seagrass ecosystems

A global champion for seagrass requires being both a voice and a leader to improve the societal recognition for seagrass ecosystems

Our Objectives

  • Improved societal and legal recognition and protection of seagrass ecosystems.
  • Widespread public opportunities to engage with seagrass ecosystems.
  • External outreach and communication encompassing research and experience from across the globe.
  • Access to finance for seagrass ecosystem conservation and restoration, working with international bodies and corporations to develop opportunities.

To be a global champion for seagrass ecosystems

A global champion for seagrass requires being both a voice and a leader to improve the societal recognition for seagrass ecosystems

Our Objectives

o Advocate for improved policy and legal instruments to recognise and protect seagrass ecosystems.
o Improve and expand the coverage of seagrass within global media.
o Educate the wider public on the value of seagrass ecosystems.
o Offer our existing educational materials (11-16 years) to interested secondary schools across the UK.
o Offer our existing primary level educational materials to teaching/support
organisations across the UK.
o Deliver seagrass talks/presentations as requested where viable (cost
consideration).
o Engage with traditional and social media streams proactively (e.g., press releases and article preparation) and reactively as invited.

To support well mapped, thriving seagrass ecosystems

Seagrass ecosystems are among the most poorly understood ocean habitats in terms of their global distribution and status. For thriving seagrass ecosystems, we need up to date information on their status and condition at the local to global scale.

Our Objectives

  • Publicly available global seagrass distribution resources.
  • Improved top-down and bottom-up data collection and reporting.

To support well mapped, thriving seagrass ecosystems

Seagrass ecosystems are among the most poorly understood ocean habitats in terms of their global distribution and status. For thriving seagrass ecosystems, we need up to date information on their status and condition at the local to global scale.

Our Objectives

National
o Lead the rationalisation of disparate data into a single public resource.
International
o Support the collection of global seagrass occurrence and absence data.

o Support habitat suitability and niche modelling.
o Facilitate and undertake remote, aerial and in water mapping of seagrass.
o Conduct in field targeted assessments of seagrass status and condition utilising SeagrassSpotter and Seagrass-Watch.

To facilitate pervasive recognition of seagrass ecosystems for people and planet

People and seagrass are intertwined by reciprocal interactions that act in tandem. These include the flow of ecosystem services to communities, and communities modifying actions on the environment. We believe that communities can have positive modifying actions on the environment as well as negatives and seek to balance the needs of people and planet.

Our Objectives

  • Empowered communities creating change for seagrass ecosystems.
  • Seagrass ecosystems are valued as sustainable providers of food and livelihoods.

To conduct and facilitate scientific research, openly and widely sharing results to support conservation and restoration action.

Project Seagrass was founded on the philosophy of turning cutting-edge research into effective conservation and restoration action. With a dedicated team led by world renowned seagrass scientists, we work to conserve and restore seagrass, and through seagrass, we support marine conservation more broadly.

Our Objectives

  • Development of a centre of excellence for seagrass systems science working with other established organisations and networks to disseminate knowledge and identify gaps.
  • A growing seagrass research community.
  • Infrastructure for seagrass systems science that is fit for purpose. Creation of purpose-built lab facilities to support controlled experimental work in the lab and field, and all restoration associated activities (seed storage and processing; germination and plant growth/husbandry).

To conduct and facilitate scientific research, openly and widely sharing results to support conservation and restoration action.

Project Seagrass was founded on the philosophy of turning cutting-edge research into effective conservation and restoration action. With a dedicated team led by world renowned seagrass scientists, we work to conserve and restore seagrass, and through seagrass, we support marine conservation more broadly.

Our Objectives

Lead and undertake cutting edge interdisciplinary research to support seagrass conservation and restoration.
o Collaborate nationally and internationally with other seagrass experts to advance seagrass conservation and restoration science.
o Create and use current high-profile seagrass research (food security and blue carbon) to engage wider research fields.
o Improved and increased communication of seagrass research to a broad audience.

o Support and supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students at local to global scales.
o Encourage use of seagrass as a model ecological system or model species.

o Establish and maintain facilities for field, lab, and desk-based research (in person and virtual).

To support and deliver conservation and restoration action in an era of Climate Change.

Seagrass is a widespread but globally declining ecosystem. As we lose seagrass, we lose the numerous ecosystem services that seagrass provides. We must not only conserve what we have left but we must work to restore what we have lost.

Our Objectives

  • Net gain for seagrass ecosystems.
  • Seagrass health used as an indicator of change.
  • Improved future proofed seagrass restoration at scale.
  • Infrastructure for seagrass conservation and restoration that is fit for purpose.
  • A community of practice for seagrass conservation and restoration.

To support and deliver conservation and restoration action in an era of Climate Change.

People and seagrass are intertwined by reciprocal interactions that act in tandem. These include the flow of ecosystem services to communities, and communities modifying actions on the environment. We believe that communities can have positive modifying actions on the environment as well as negatives and seek to balance the needs of people and planet.

Our Objectives

o Encourage using evidence-based solutions the protection of seagrass ecosystems from human impacts to provide habitat, improve water quality, protect coastlines, and store carbon to mitigate climate change.
o Propose and undertake evidence-based actions to increase the resilience of seagrass ecosystems to human threats.
o Facilitate the regeneration and reinforcement of degraded seagrass ecosystems.
o Identify and advocate for market-based mechanisms (e.g., biodiversity or carbon credits) that restore seagrass habitats.

o Use and develop indicators that provide early warning of climate change and water quality impacts to seagrass ecosystems.

o Develop and improve innovative restoration techniques for scaling of seagrass restoration in the context of a changing climate.

o Develop a seagrass restoration aquatic facility capable of undertaking scaled up restoration.
o Establish a fully functional seagrass nursery facility that supports seagrass
restoration.
o Establish and maintain facilities for field-based conservation and restoration
activities.

o Cross sectoral partnerships that facilitate improved seagrass science knowledge, conservation, and restoration.

To provide strong, sustainable, international leadership

To be a leading voice for seagrass ecosystems for decades to come requires strong and resilient foundations. By nurturing a resilient and impactful workforce of staff and volunteers, maintaining strong financial foundations, and delivering sound planning and governance, Project Seagrass will continue to grow its reach and impact.

Our Objectives

  • An intra-connected and communicative team.
  • Internally and internationally respected leadership as a progressive organisation.
  • A well informed and collaborative team.
  • A confident, fulfilled, and supported team.
  • A well governed, ethical, and sustainable organisation.

To provide strong, sustainable, international leadership

To be a leading voice for seagrass ecosystems for decades to come requires strong and resilient foundations. By nurturing a resilient and impactful workforce of staff and volunteers, maintaining strong financial foundations, and delivering sound planning and governance, Project Seagrass will continue to grow its reach and impact.

Our Objectives

Lead and undertake cutting edge interdisciplinary research to support seagrass
conservation and restoration.
o Collaborate nationally and internationally with other seagrass experts to advance
seagrass conservation and restoration science.
o Create and use current high-profile seagrass research (food security and blue
carbon) to engage wider research fields.
o Improved and increased communication of seagrass research to a broad audience.

o Support and supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students at local to global scales.
o Encourage use of seagrass as a model ecological system or model species.

o Establish and maintain facilities for field, lab, and desk-based research (in person
and virtual).

To read our full strategy, click here.

How we protect seagrass

RESTORATION

NURSERIES

MONITORING

OUTREACH

EDUCATION

RESEARCH

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