Seagrasses of West AfricaExplore the three species of seagrasses commonly found in West Africa: Halodule wrightii, Cymodocea nodosa, and Zostera noltii
General objective of the training:Participants will study seagrass biology, learn seagrass taxonomy, discuss seagrass ecology, gain knowledge of monitoring and become skilled at conducting a field monitoring event. This training course is for scientists/managers who plan to establish new monitoring sites, lead and co-ordinate monitoring events, map seagrass meadows, conduct data entry, and raise seagrass awareness among local communities/end users.
Seagrasses provide valuable ecosystem services–benefits to humans–but are now being lost globally at rapid rates due mainly to anthropogenic stressors. Ecosystem services are defined as the benefits that humans derive from the environment, in this case, from seagrass ecosystems. This report provides an initial assessment of seagrass ecosystem services in seven countries of West Africa, including Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.