The ResilienSEA project concludes its series of national trainings on Seagrass Species Identification, Mapping and Monitoring in West Africa
The three final national trainings were successfully held in Senegal, Cape Verde, and Mauritania in…
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A new project on seagrasses was launched today in Dakar, Senegal.
ResilienSEA is coordinated by GRID-Arendal and funded by MAVA, a foundation based in Switzerland with extensive experience in West Africa. The project focusses on four strategies: scientific research, capacity building, information, awareness and advocacy and new policy ideas.
Wetlands International leads capacity building and the Abidjan Convention Secretariat will head the strategy on policy development. GRID-Arendal will run the scientific research and communications strategies and is responsible for overall project coordination.
There are 60 seagrass species worldwide and they live in all coastal and marine areas – from shallow intertidal zones to 90 metres below the surface. The only place they aren’t found is Antarctica. They are one of the ocean’s most important habitats and serve as nursery and feeding grounds for fish, protect coastlines and store carbon, to name a few benefits. At the same time, they are one of the world’s least known ecosystems and in dire need of protection.
The main reason for this lack of protection is the paucity of information regarding some of the most basic aspects of seagrass distribution and health. In areas of the globe where there is more data available, protection levels for seagrasses have increased. However, except for part of the Mauritanian coastline, there has been little work mapping seagrass locations in West Africa.
ResilienSEA will bring together managers and researchers to gather data and create national and regional expertise within West Africa. The project will
ResilienSEA will run for the next three years.