Case Study

Carma's Global Initiative for Blue Carbon and Kelp Restoration


Revitalizing the Ocean's Lungs: Carma's Worldwide Commitment to Blue Carbon

Kelp forests, often called the rainforests of the sea, are not only breathtaking marine environments but are also crucial for marine biodiversity and the cultural heritage of various coastal communities around the world. These underwater forests are vital, providing food, medicine, and materials for crafts and ceremonies, and they play a significant role in sustaining traditional fishing practices.

The Global Challenge Facing Kelp Forests

Kelp forests thrive in the cool, nutrient-rich waters along rocky coastlines in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. They create expansive canopies above the seafloor that shelter and nourish thousands of marine species. Despite their ecological importance, kelp forests worldwide are under threat; over the last fifty years, more than 40% of these forests have been lost due to climate change, pollution, and overexploitation.

One of our significant projects in British Columbia, Canada, highlights the plight and potential revival of these ecosystems. In collaboration with Coastal Kelp and the Sechelt First Nations, we are actively restoring kelp forests in the territories of Hotham Sound and Powell River. This region has seen considerable degradation, affecting both the ecological balance and the cultural fabric of the Indigenous communities relying on these habitats.

Carma's Innovative Restoration Techniques

Our partner initiative employs innovative restoration techniques, such as seeding bull kelp and sugar kelp, to replant millions of kelp sporophytes. These efforts are concentrated in Indigenous waters, using a mix of line and green gravel, aiming not only to revive the kelp beds but also to preserve the centuries-old legacy of the local communities.

The Wider Impact of Kelp Restoration

The benefits of revitalising kelp forests are profound. Kelp acts as a significant carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and thus mitigating the effects of climate change. Restoring these forests preserves biodiversity, supports local fisheries, and enhances the global effort to combat environmental degradation.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Carma invites you to join this transformative journey. By supporting our Blue Carbon with Kelp Projects, you contribute to the restoration of crucial marine ecosystems and support the cultural heritage and sustainable practices of local communities worldwide. Together, we can change the tide on environmental degradation and ensure these majestic underwater forests thrive for future generations.

Join us in our global effort to restore and protect these vital ecosystems, and help us spread the word about the importance of ocean conservation. Together, we can make a lasting impact.

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