The Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) is one of the largest national parks in Africa. The importance of the park in terms of biodiversity and cultural heritage requires guaranteeing its socio-ecological integrity. Aware of this situation, the PNBA managers and the Delegation for Fisheries Surveillance and Control at Sea (DSPCM) – now the Mauritanian Coast Guard (GCM) – set up a participatory maritime surveillance system in 1999 with the Imraguen, a local community of desert fishermen.
Out of the Blue: The value of seagrasses to the environment and to people
Out of the Blue: The Value of Seagrasses to the Environment and to People
Seagrasses are an often overlooked but vital part of the seascape. While they have been described as the “lungs” and “ecosystem engineers” of the sea, their contributions to planetary health and human well-being are not as well-known as those of other marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs and mangroves. To overcome this “charisma gap” (Unsworth et al. 2019), this report synthesises current knowledge of seagrass ecosystems, highlights the many values they provide to people, and offers policy recommendations that fully recognise these values.