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The solution

Algae and seagrass communities are transplanted or reinforced in small plots of shallow coastal seabed.

These spaces become social and environmental laboratories where citizens and science converge, building the marine capabilities of the people and enabling their participation in citizen science.

When underwater forests regenerate, they create new habitats where other species of animals and plants can thrive, contributing to the regeneration of biodiversity and thereby optimising productivity in terms of benefits for society.

 

Regeneration: The act of improving a place or system, especially by making it more active or successfull.

The United Nations decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development starts in 2021. Much more needs to be done if we are to reverse the loss of health of the marine ecosystems, so we can together create suitable conditions for a truly sustainable development of the oceans, seas & coasts.

Traditionally, environmental restoration comprised simple actions aimed at returning a site’s ecosystem functions or species composition back to a historic state. In contrast, modern restoration strategies embrace both social and ecological considerations and are guided by multiple goals including not only environmental ones, but also those that speak to human well-being (e.g. alleviating poverty).

Within this context and trend emerges MedGardens in the Balearic Islands. Successful and innovative restoration techniques for seagrass and seaweed will be carried out in small plots located in shallow areas, accessible to sea users.

Community will play a fundamental role in the entire restoration process through the co-management of each MedGarden, together with the scientific community and the local administrations.

MedGardens offers a chance for everyone to fix what we’ve broken, and the hope that we can.

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