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Seagrass restoration handbook


This detailed handbook provides practical guidance on the restoration and conservation of seagrasses and seagrass beds in the UK and Ireland. It includes the following chapters:
An introduction to seagrass beds, threats to existing habitats, their ecological importance, and the concept of restoring resilient habitats. (Chapter 1);
Information about starting a restoration project including choosing a site, project planning and the licensing process (Chapter 2);
Guidance on the different seagrass restoration approaches and methods (Chapter 3);
Guidance on how to effectively monitor change following restoration (Chapter 4); and
An outline of how to successfully communicate a seagrass restoration project during its planning and implementation (Chapter 5).


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Governance
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Planning
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Coastal and marine
  • Seagrass

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Health, wellbeing & cultural value
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | Environment Agency

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