SeaTrees is a program of nonprofit, Sustainable Surf. They believe that the ocean has the power to reverse climate change, because the ocean contains 90% of the carbon in the global carbon cycle. SeaTrees directly supports communities and scientists who protect and regenerate blue-carbon coastal ecosystems. This includes planting mangrove trees, restoring kelp forests, coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and conserving coastal watersheds. They plant trees in the sea because blue-carbon coastal ecosystems – like mangrove forests – are 5-10x more effective than rainforests at removing carbon from the air.

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Restoring mangrove ecosystems in Indonesia

This project restores and protects 46 hectares of highly degraded mangrove forest. Biak Island’s mangrove estuaries are 75% deforested. Located in the centre of the Coral Triangle, the reefs around the Biak Island Region have some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet. By the end of this year, SeaTrees will have planted just over 700,000 mangrove trees with Eden Reforestation Projects in the Biak Island Region.

Restoring mangrove ecosystems in Indonesia

Kelp restoration project in California

SeaTrees are working with The Bay Foundation to restore kelp off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. This is one the largest and most successful kelp restoration projects globally, and the techniques employed are being replicated around the world. They’ve restored more than 50,000 sq ft of kelp and have just started to restore another 100,000 more in 2021. In ideal conditions, Giant Kelp grows approximately 1 foot per day – and can grow up to 2 feet per day! Kelp forests provide habitat and food for over 700 species of algae, invertebrates, and fish.

Kelp restoration project in California

Protecting the Southern Cardamom Watershed in Cambodia

The Southern Cardamom REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation program developed by the UNFCC) Project, Cambodia. This VCS and CCBA certified Southern Cardamom project contains 2000+ hectares of pristine mangrove forest and helps to protect and enhance a further 50,000+ hectares of mangroves (the largest contiguous mangrove forest ecosystem in the Gulf of Thailand) that directly surround the project boundary. Blue-carbon mangrove ecosystems are most effective when they are directly connected to a healthy watershed.

Protecting the Southern Cardamom Watershed in Cambodia