Seagrass at La Ciotat, France, Attribution: Frédéric Ducarme

World Seagrass Day is an event held on March 1 annually to raise awareness about seagrass and its important functions in the marine ecosystem.

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On 27 May 2022, United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on World Seagrass Day in document A/76/L.56) on the fact that seagrass ecosystems have a greater capacity to sequester carbon than terrestrial ecosystems. The resolution invited Member States, organizations and agencies of the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, private sector, to observe World Seagrass Day, in order to contribute to sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Mar 1, annually

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World Seagrass Day 2023
Authors: Seawilding, Mar 1, 2023

Rewilding Scotland

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Blue carbon, How seagrass is our ocean's wonder plant and their role in fighting climate change
Authors: Environmental Justice Foundation, Mar 15, 2021

Seagrasses profoundly influence the physical, chemical, and biological environments of coastal waters. Though seagrasses provide invaluable ecosystem services by acting as breeding and nursery ground for a variety of organisms and promote commercial fisheries, many aspects of their physiology are not well investigated. Several studies have indicated that seagrass habitat is declining worldwide. Ten seagrass species are at elevated risk of extinction (14% of all seagrass species) with three species qualifying as endangered. Seagrass loss and degradation of seagrass biodiversity will have serious repercussions for marine biodiversity and the human population that depends upon the resources and ecosystem services that seagrasses provide.

Seagrasses form important coastal ecosystems. The worldwide endangering of these sea meadows, which provide food and habitat for many marine species, prompts the need for protection and understanding of these valuable resources. W

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