90% of all carbon in the GLOBAL carbon cycle is stored in the ocean. This is where it should be sequestered to reverse climate change.
Mangroves forests sequester 5 to 10 times more CO2 out of the atmosphere per hectare than tropical rainforests. Much of that carbon is stored in the soil and sediment that make up a mangrove ecosystem. Sea Trees work with our local planting partner Eden Projects to plant mangroves in West Papua, Indonesia, and protect one of the largest tracts of mangrove forest in the Gulf of Thailand with Wildlife Alliance.
Every 10 mangrove trees planted on a small island called Padaido in West Papua:
- Create approximately 1/2 day of living-wage employment for local community members, helping to support 55 families
- Provide resources for local education
- Protect local villages from storm surges and sea-level rise
- Serve as critical nursery grounds for fish and shellfish, and increases local marine productivity
- Have the potential to sequester more than 3 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the 25-year life of the trees
SeaTrees, by non-profit Sustainable Surf, makes it easy to directly support communities planting and protecting blue-carbon coastal ecosystems. As an ocean-focused platform for people and brands to take direct action on climate change, SeaTrees work with communities around the world to plant and protect ‘blue-carbon’ coastal ecosystems - mangrove and kelp forests, seagrass, ride-to-reef watersheds, and coral reefs.
Unlike other tree planting and carbon offset programs and projects around the world, the sole focus of SeaTrees is on blue-carbon coastal ecosystems because:
- They are highly effective at carbon sequestration
- They are critical ecosystems on the verge of collapse
- Methods exist to restore and regenerate these ecosystems
All SeaTrees projects provide significant social and economic benefits. Every project is assessed and measured against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).