Promoter: CCMAR - Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve


+ATLANTIC, Associação para um Laboratório colaborativo do Atlântico

Casulo, Unipessoal, Lda.

CIIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental

Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

WavEC Offshore Renewables - Centro de Energias Renováveis

SINTEF Ocean, A.S.

EEA Grants: 797.032,00€

Total Amount: 937.685,00€

Grace Code: PT-INNOVATION-0081



BlueForests aims to fill a knowledge gap, quantifying the contribution made by marine forests to carbon sequestration and valuing the ecosystem services provided by them, thereby estimating the natural capital they provide.

To reach these findings, the project will study the existing forests along the Portuguese coast and test novel methodologies, techniques, and models to increase marine vegetation in degraded habitats, including analysing the potential role of artificial structures. The organic carbon from marine forests sequestered in sediments (blue carbon) will be quantified and characterized and the ecosystem services provided by marine forests will be evaluated economically. Finding such values is of utmost importance in efforts to mitigate climate change, providing guidance to national and international policy-makers for adequate planning on conservation and “seaforestation” of marine habitats such as macroalgae.