Solent seagrass project to help tackle climate crisis is unveiled as £2million lottery funding boost supports Wildlife Trusts initiatives across the country

A NEW nature project restoring a habitat in the Solent has been unveiled as part of an initiative to tackle the climate crisis.

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 4:55 am

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is restoring seagrass to increase wildlife and sustainable fisheries thanks to a nearly £2million fund raised by lottery players.

The Solent project is one of 12 schemes nationwide revealed by the Wildlife Trusts as part of the coalition’s efforts to employ ‘nature based solutions’ to tackle climate emissions.

Restoring seagrass in the Solent will also create natural carbon stores, and the project will be closely monitored to replicate the technique at scale.

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Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said: ‘Nature can be our biggest ally in limiting global temperature rises, but we have to give it a huge helping hand.

‘We need to cut emissions at source to fight climate change and we can also have a big impact by restoring nature because wilder places lock-up carbon.

‘That means repairing the amazing habitats in our seas, rewetting peatlands, dramatically changing how we manage farmland, rewilding landscapes, and bringing back habitats that have been lost.’

The Wildlife Trusts schemes are able to move forward thanks to money raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: ‘We’re delighted funding raised by our players is helping The Wildlife Trusts restore habitats across the country that play a key role in accumulating and storing carbon.

‘By helping nature thrive, these ambitious projects offer solutions to the challenges we face from climate change so these landscapes and the wildlife there can be enjoyed by future generations.’

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