Seagrass, one of the most diverse and valuable marine ecosystems on the planet, plays a crucial role in combating climate change, ensuring food security, protecting coastlines, enriching biodiversity, controlling disease and filtering water. Climate change and human activities are contributing to their rapid decline, which has devastating consequences on marine life. Thankfully, restoration projects to restore seagrass are gathering pace around the world. 

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Leticia Carvalho, Head of the UNEP Freshwater and Marine Branch, says, “We have to be aware of the impact these activities have on our coastal ecosystems. We need to ensure we prevent, halt and reverse damage to seagrass meadows wherever possible.”