Coastal habitats are found along the edges of land and sea, and include beaches and estuaries. Most marine life can be found in coastal habitats, even if this area occupies only 7% of the total marine area. Coastal habitats are important for a variety of reasons, including providing habitat for a wide range of species, regulating water quality, protecting against storms and floods, and supporting paramount human activities such as fishing.
Coastal habitat

Why is it so important to protect and conserve our coastal habitats?

Coastal habitats are incredibly valuable ecosystems that support a high level of biodiversity and provide a range of ecological services. They play a significant role in climate regulation, acting as natural buffers against storms, floods, and erosion. They also help regulate water quality acting as natural filters, trapping sediments and pollutants, and helping to maintain the clarity and quality of coastal waters. Healthy coastal habitats ensure the sustainability of recreational activities such as swimming and boating, and support local economies and communities, particularly through coastal industries, contributing to local and global food security.


phytoplankton productivity = the sudden appearance of 2 billion mature trees.


pound for pound, mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests can.

How can we best support our coastal habitats?

Protecting/planting mangroves

Mangroves are nature’s guardians of the coastal habitat. They provide essential habitat for marine life, protect shorelines from erosion, and sequester significant amounts of carbon.


Protecting/restoring keystone species

The protection and restoration of keystone species are vital for the well-being of habitats. By ensuring their survival, we contribute to the preservation of biodiversity, promote ecological stability, and support the interconnected web of life.

Protecting/planting seagrass

Seagrass meadows are important nursery habitats, providing a safe shelter for juvenile fish, smaller fish and invertebrates.

Seagrasses are also called the lungs of the sea, due to the enormous amount of oxygen they produce. They hold around 10% of the carbon stored in the ocean, while only making up 0.2% of the ocean floor.

Protecting/planting kelp

By protecting and planting kelp, we help mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, improving water quality, and contributing to coastal resilience.

Protecting tidal mudflats

Tidal mudflats are extremely important ecosystems. They are a stopover for migrating birds but also important for the balance between land and sea. They play a key role in the food chain and act as breeding grounds for molluscs, worms and other invertebrates.

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