A new project is set to pave the way for £1 billion investment in restoring England’s degraded saltmarshes, in order to mitigate climate change, support wildlife and reduce flood risk.
In a natural state, these important coastal wetland habitats – through build-up of sediment and vegetation – trap and bury carbon at a greater rate, per area, than terrestrial habitats such as forests or peatlands. However, since the 1800s, large areas of saltmarsh have been drained, to reclaim land from the sea for agriculture, development or coastal flood defences – resulting in loss of habitat and biodiversity. MORE
Header image: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.