Seminar ‘Ocean Break’ discusses ecosystem rehabilitation using seagrass meadows


This edition of ‘Ocean Break’, a series of seminars related to marine research conducted at CESAM, will take place on March 17th (Friday), between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM in the amphitheater 9.1.1 (DEMaC).

Researcher Pedro Coelho (CESAM/DBIO) will address the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems through nature-based solutions such as seagrass meadows.

Seagrass meadows have important contributions to biodiversity, human health, and climate, including flora and fauna, flood regulation, sediment stabilization, and carbon sequestration. “Conservation and restoration efforts of seagrass are, therefore, in the spotlight, with the aim of reversing the global decline of seagrass meadows worldwide,” emphasizes Pedro Coelho.

The potential use of recolonization with seagrass meadows for the rehabilitation of degraded areas, particularly for phytoremediation and/or phytostabilization of contaminated sites, was yet to be tested. Providing a comprehensive view of the results of the RemediGrass project, this seminar will address the benefits and challenges of this innovative solution for ecosystem restoration.

This seminar is a joint organization between three research groups of CESAM: CDEC (Ecology and Conservation of Coastal and Deep-Sea Ecosystems), MBA (Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture), POMG (Physical Oceanography and Marine Geology).

Entry is free for all interested participants.