Credit: Marine Conservation Society, Mark Kirkland
Green groups argue rewilding UK waters must be a central tenet of government’s net zero plans
The UK’s seas have a starring role to play in the UK’s pathway to net zero emissions, yet marine protection is too often overlooked in discussions about climate goals, conservationists have warned.
A new report published this morning by the Marine Conservation Society and Rewilding Britain argues the protection and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems must become a critical pillar of the UK’s net zero strategy.
Marine ecosystems like seagrass meadows, saltmarshes, and mangroves absorb or ‘draw down’ carbon from the water and atmosphere – just like plants and trees on land – and as such can help the UK meet its climate goals.
But despite the growing emphasis given to forest protection projects on land,