Seagrass stores carbon for centuries, millennia and 40 times faster than rainforests
Seagrasses along Australia’s coast are being devastated at increasing rates, and human development is to blame. The recent report by Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research also included:
- More than 80 per cent of the Australian population live along the coast placing enormous stress on our coastal marine ecosystems, particularly from extensive land clearing, agriculture and coastal development
- “Blue carbon” was a term created in 2009 to describe the important role that the world’s seagrasses, mangroves and salt bushes could play in tackling climate change
- Environment Minister Greg Hunt outlined plans to protect seagrass and its carbon-storing potential at a Paris climate summit event in December last year
- A spokesman for Mr Hunt said blue carbon could “play a significant role in reducing emissions, while also supporting biodiversity conservation, fisheries habitat protection and disaster risk reduction”; and,
- He said Australia was working with other countries and organisations to take forward the International Blue Carbon Partnership announced at the Paris conference.
- Read the Sydney Morning Herald article Human development mows down seagrass, threatening a natural source of carbon storage via this link