While protecting seagrass helps to ensure food security it also fights climate change. Coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass meadows and tidal wetlands have unmatched ability to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and store within their root systems. Seagrass meadows provide carbon capture storage at rates up to 100 times greater than rainforests and it has been estimated that the world’s seagrass meadows can capture up to 83 million metric tons of carbon each year. The carbon stored in sediments from coastal ecosystems including seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and salt marshes is known as “blue carbon”.
Learn more about blue carbon here: Blue Carbon Initiative
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