Seagrass restoration project in Jamaica completed

A US marine environmental firm has finished a seagrass restoration project in Jamaica. The project for Jamaica’s National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is part of a €4.3 million (£3.34 […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

A US marine environmental firm has finished a seagrass restoration project in Jamaica.

The project for Jamaica’s National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is part of a €4.3 million (£3.34 million) Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction initiative. This includes improving coastal ecosystems and reducing natural hazard risks from the island.

According to NEPA, research has suggested the region is likely to see an increase in extreme weather conditions such as flood rains and droughts and an increase in the intensity of hurricanes. This is expected to affect the coastal areas of Jamaica “which are at the forefront of climate change impacts”.

CSA International provided ecological support for the project, in which the seagrass is expected to help keep the ecosystem around a marine environment healthy. It assisted NEPA in transplanting 692 planting units consisting of two types of seagrass, shoal grass and manatee grass, over 1,000 square metres.

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