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Seagrass
The lungs of the sea

Why must we protect seagrass?

Seagrass is vital to the low-lying island nation of the Maldives; it prevents beach erosion, fights climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, provides food for sea turtles, supports fisheries and houses juvenile coral reef fish. Despite this, seagrass in the Maldives remains an undervalued habitat and it is considered a nuisance to the tourism industry, rather than an asset. Because of this, many resorts across the country still actively remove the seagrass around their islands.
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#ProtectMaldivesSeagrass

On 1st March 2019, Blue Marine Foundation and the Maldives Underwater Initiative are launching a social media campaign to raise awareness about the importance and value of seagrass in the Maldives. We are asking resorts across the country to pledge to protect a minimum of 80% of the seagrass around their island for the benefit of the environment, tourism, fisheries and the people who depend on them for jobs and income.
Protect Maldives Seagrass ~ Resort Guest Diving
Protect Maldives Seagrass ~ Resort Drone
Seagrass Resorts ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
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Maldives seagrass needs you! Sign up now to join our movement and share this widely to make the protection of seagrass in the Maldives a turning point for seagrass everywhere!

If you are a resort, business, organisation or non-governmental organisation and would like to become a partner, please email us at
contact@protectmaldivesseagrass.com

Blue Carbon

Blue Carbon is carbon dioxide that is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in the ocean. Estimates suggest that some seagrass meadows hold as much carbon in their soil as one to two hectares of temperate forest!






OXYGEN

Just one hectare of seagrass can produce 100,000 litres of oxygen each day.









Threatened Species

Almost 15% of seagrass species are considered threatened. For each threatened species of seagrass there are 10 associated species that are also of conservation concern.







Partner
Resorts

Partner Resorts

Below is a list of the resorts who have pledged to protect at least 80% of the seagrass around their resort island. Please note that some resorts support the campaign but do not have seagrass around their island and some wish to remain anonymous.
This resort has committed to protecting a minimum of 80% of its 50,000m2 of seagrass meadows.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and
rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort has committed to protecting a minimum of 80% of its TBC m2 of seagrass meadows.
This resort has committed to protecting a minimum of 80% of its 1250m2 of seagrass meadows.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
This resort has committed to protecting a minimum of 80% of its 60m2 of seagrass meadows.
This resort acknowledges the importance of seagrass ecosystems to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and rejects the practice of seagrass removal within the Maldives tourism industry.
Local
Organisations

Local Supporting Organisations

Below is a list of local organisations who support our campaign and the protection of seagrass in the Maldives.
Makdives Whaleshark Research
Bluepeace ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Dive Club Maldives ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
FuliDhooDive ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Maldivers Diving Centre ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Manta Trust ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Naifaru Juvenile ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Olive Ridley ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
BeLeaf ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Ecocare ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
LiquidSaltDivers ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Save The Beach ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Secret Paradise Maldives ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
International
Organisations

International Supporting Organisations

Below is a list of international organisations who support our campaign and the protection of seagrass in the Maldives.
Cinematic Science ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass
Project Seagrass ~ #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass