World - Seagrass meadows can help communities hit hard by pandemic
Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but these important ecosystems continue to decline
The importance of seagrasses is highlighted in the new report, 'Out of the Blue: The Value of Seagrasses to the Environment and to People', released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) together with GRID-ArendalAand the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
Seagrass meadows are among the most common coastal habitats on the earth, covering more than 300,000 sq km in at least 159 countries.
They nurture fish populations, weaken storm surges, and provide numerous other services to coastal communities.