7 October 2020
(presentation at 7.00pm, Zoom Q&A at 7.45pm)
Coastal and near-shore marine vegetated ecosystems are essential for life on Earth. Ecosystems including mangrove forests, saltmarsh, seagrass beds and kelp forests are incredible carbon sinks. These habitats drawdown huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, and deliver an amazing list of ecosystem services including (1) mitigation of climate change, (2) improving water quality, (3) significant enhancement to fishery biomass, (4) improved nursery function, and (5) deliver food provisioning for many communities.
However, we are losing these essential ecosystems rapidly. These losses magnify issues associated with climate change, and the increase of habitat loss only serves to exacerbate the sixth mass extinction. We have seen between 80 to 90% loss of kelp forests spanning Canada to Norway and, at the current rate of loss, the UK will have zero kelp forests by the end of this century – resulting with more than a 90% loss of marine wildlife. The Blue Marine Foundation, in collaboration with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the SIFCA are working together on a joint project to restore kelp forests within a 300km sq area of Sussex coastline. If successful, this project will generate more than £3 million per year in ecosystem services.
This event has been organised by the South regional committee.
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