|Date||6 Nov 2018|
Seagrass meadows in Sri Lanka are highly fragmented and are more vulnerable to number of stressors. It has led to the population shrinking of Dugongs, sea turtles and commercially important ﬁshery species. This approach of restoration will enable long-term predictions of the outcomes to be made from diﬀerent species for transplanting.
The restored seagrass beds will be protected, monitored and maintained in the long term future with the support from local community. Public involvement and awareness will be used as a tool for conservation of seagrass in the long run. Data on transplanted species composition will be used later to guide the seagrass planting projects. Other advancements will be the increasing evidence that restored seagrass beds may become self-sustaining in appropriate time frames and that many functional attributes return within a few years. Our long term goal is to connect fragmented seagrass habitats in North Western Sri Lanka to help improving the biodiversity, ecology, economy, carbon sequestration and food security.
Read about Chathurika's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/chathurika_munasinghe or for more information contact: