Enhancing Kelp Resources For The Benefits Of Nature And Society

Enhancing Kelp Resources For The Benefits Of Nature And Society

WSL teamed up with WSL PURE grantee Hope Zones Foundation, led by WSL Big Wave surfer João Macedo, and SeaForester to advance seaforestation in Portugal. They will be working throughout the year to enhance kelp resources in the coastal area of Nazaré and Peniche for the benefits of nature and society.

Kelp forests are highly productive ecosystems that contribute to enhancing local biodiversity, absorb CO2 and provide potential avenues for alternative food systems. By using native kelp species (Laminaria ochroleuca), Hope Zones and SeaForester will be promoting the recovery of ecosystems currently in decline, resulting in many ecological and social benefits for the local community that can be applied globally by coastal communities around the world.

These efforts and projects tie into the long term vision of Hope Zones to ensure ocean and coastal conservation is not only discussed by leaders and scientists, but embraced and empowered by local communities and their businesses. To preserve and enhance healthy coastal communities Hope Zones will work collaboratively to drive sustainable business solutions forward. #WeAreOneOcean

Additional Footage provided by Sunny Breger in partnership with ReGeneration Surf


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