Managing Seagrasses for Resilience to Climate Change

Mats Björk, Fred Short, Elizabeth Mcleod, Sven Beer
Posted on: 12/31/2007 - Updated on: 10/18/2018

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Seagrasses are flowering plants that thrive in shallow oceanic and estuarine waters around the world. Although there are only about 60 species of seagrasses worldwide, these plants play an important role in many shallow, near-shore, marine ecosystems. There is growing evidence that seagrasses are declining globally because of anthropogenic impacts. This paper presents an overview of seagrasses, the impacts of climate change, and other threats to seagrass habitats. Finally, it proposes tools and strategies for managers to help support seagrass resilience.


Björk, M., Short, F., Mcleod, E., & Beer, S. (2008). Managing seagrasses for resilience to climate change (IUCN Resilience Science Working Group Working Paper Series - No. 3). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. Retrieved from CAKE