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SEATREES

IMPACT report

2021

SeaTrees is a program of Sustainable Surf.

For the 2021 Sustainable Surf Annual Report, please click here.

Active SeaTrees Projects

How We Measure Success: 100 Projects by 2030

Kelp Restoration

Watershed Protection REDD+

Mangrove Planting

Monterey Bay, CA

Southern Cardamom, Cambodia

Mida Creek, Kenya

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Atlantic Ocean

Indian Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Kelp Restoration

Palos Verdes, CA

Hawaii Map

Mangrove Planting

Biak Region, Indonesia

Pacific Ocean

Mangrove Planting

Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico

Watershed Restoration

Maui, Hawaii

Watershed Protection REDD+

Cacheu and Cantanhez, Guinea-Bissau

Coral Reef Restoration

Bali, Indoneia

Watershed Protection REDD+

Paramos and Bosques, Colombia

Total SeaTrees Planted Through 2021

704,999

Mangrove trees planted at Biak Island, West Papua,

Indonesia

556,131

Mangrove trees planted at Mida Creek, Watamu, Kenya

122,708

6,000

Sq-ft of kelp restoration at Palos Verdes, California,

USA

Coral fragments restored in Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

20,000

Mangrove trees planted at Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico

61,700

Tons of CO2 sequestered in

Southern Cardamom,

Cambodia

What is Blue Carbon and Why Does SeaTrees Want to Protect It?

Blue carbon refers to carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems.


Blue carbon coastal ecosystems draw carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it faster than terrestrial ecosystems. Despite these benefits, they are one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The regeneration of these ecosystems provides critical habitat for countless species, sustainable long-term employment for local communities, and protection from climate change impacts.

Mangrove

Forests

Mangroves are 5x more effective at storing carbon than tropical forests.

Kelp

Forests

Kelp can sequester ~200 million tons of CO2 per year.

Coral

Reefs

Coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots and support ~25% of marine life In the ocean.

Seagrass

Meadows

Seagrass sequesters ~10% of the carbon buried in ocean sediment annually.

Coastal

Watersheds

Blue carbon ecosystems are most effective when they are directly connected to a healthy watershed.

The Seatrees Project Development Process

SeaTrees team members use a rigorous process to develop new SeaTrees projects.


Our process is based on methods used by carbon offset project development, which sets the bar for quality, transparency, and scientific accuracy.


Our process has built-in flexibility to work around the world in varying social and economic conditions. It also covers five different blue carbon ecosystem types, each with unique restoration methods.


Through this process, we will achieve our ambitious goal to develop 100 projects by 2030.

SeaTrees looks around the world for coastal ecosystem restoration and protection projects operated by local NGOs.

1. Identify Projects

Extensive due diligence is performed. This involves evaluating the potential project based on technical merits, monitoring capability, local community involvement, and environmental and social impacts achieved.

2. Due Dilligence

When we are confident the project will have long term success, we create a contract with the local NGO to conduct conservation, restoration, and monitoring of their blue carbon ecosystem.

3. Contract with Projects

Each project has a carefully crafted monitoring plan to quantify the number of SeaTrees planted or restored, while ensuring the project’s long-term survival. We also measure the CO2 sequestered and other environmental and social benefits created.

4. Measure Impact

5. Create Stories

SeaTrees creates stories, content, and media to provide to donors in order to bring in more donations that go directly toward the projects.

5. Create Stories

Supporting Sustainable Development

A core outcome of each SeaTrees project is the sustainable development of local communities around the world. The success of these projects relies on creating jobs and livelihoods for the local people involved in maintaining healthy ecosystems for the future.


Each SeaTrees project is monitored and evaluated consistently throughout the year. Reports are also created on its impact according to all the SDG metrics. You will find this SDG breakdown for each SeaTrees project below.


SeaTrees supports the 17 United Nations / Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed to transform our world for good by 2030.


These projects reduce climate change impacts, increase terrestrial and marine biodiversity, protect endangered species, create sustainable jobs, alleviate poverty and hunger, support education and gender equality, and more.

SDG No Poverty
SDG Zero Hunger
SDG Good Health and Wellbeing
SDG Quality Education
SDG Gender Equality
SDG Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy Vector
SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Industry Innovation and Infastructure
SDG Reduced Inequalities
SDG Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG Climate Action
SDG Life Below Water
SDG Life On Land
SDG Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG Partnerships For The Goals

Click here to learn more about the UN 17 SDGs.

Each SeaTrees project is evaluated on its impact annually, according to all the SDG metrics. You will find the SDG breakdown for each SeaTrees project below.

SDG Impact Report

Biak Region, Indonesia

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in the Biak Region of West Papua, Indonesia. For a detailed breakdown of these SDGs please visit:

https://sea-trees.org/pages/sdg-biak

SeaTrees has supported the regeneration and protection of native mangrove forests in the Biak Region of West Papua, Indonesia since launching in June 2019. Planting commenced in March 2020 at the newest SeaTrees planting site on Padaido Island, in partnership with our local planting partners, Eden Reforestation and the island community.


Key Impact Metrics


Every 30 mangrove trees planted in this project:

  • Creates 1 day of living-wage employment for local community members, helping to support 55 families
  • Provides resources for local education
  • Protects local villages from storm surges and sea-level rise
  • Serves as critical nursery grounds for fish and shellfish, and increases local marine productivity
  • Has the potential to sequester more than 9 metric tons of carbon dioxide of the 25 year life of the trees



Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project


SDG No Poverty
SDG Zero Hunger
SDG Good Health and Wellbeing
SDG Quality Education
SDG Gender Equality
SDG Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Reduced Inequalities
SDG Climate Action
SDG Life Below Water
SDG Life On Land

SDG Impact Report

Palos Verdes, California

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in Palos Verdes, California. For a detailed breakdown of these SDGs please visit:

https://sea-trees.org/pages/sdg-palosverdes


SeaTrees has supported the regeneration of Giant Kelp forests off the Palos Verdes peninsula since our launch in 2019. Working with local restoration partner, The Bay Foundation, out-of-work urchin fishermen are employed to restore this once magnificent underwater forest by culling purple sea-urchins to numbers that allow a healthy, thriving kelp forest to establish. Scientists measure and monitor the impact of the fishermen’s work, which is helping to create important habitat for more than 700 marine species.


Key Impact Metrics

  • 700+ species protected
  • One day of work restores 1,000 sq-ft kelp forest
  • Abalone species reintroduced to kelp forest
  • 1,000 sq-ft of kelp restored will sequester 1 ton of CO2 over 25 years*
  • Within 5 years, restored kelp forest ecosystems are indistinguishable from the healthy kelp forest ecosystems


Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project


SDG Gender Equality
SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Industry Innovation and Infastructure
SDG Climate Action
SDG Life Below Water

SDG Impact Report

Mida Creek, Kenya

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in Mida Creek, Watamu, Kenya. For a detailed breakdown of these SDGs please visit:

https://sea-trees.org/pages/sdg-mida-creek

SeaTrees has supported the restoration of 100+ hectares of degraded mangrove forest within the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve - a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Area and one of the world’s oldest Marine Protected Areas. This project provides economic opportunities for over 350 people in the communities surrounding Mida Creek. In addition to restoring a critical coastal ecosystem, SeaTrees and Community Based Environmental Conservation (COBEC) are creating lasting social impacts for the community members involved. Healthy mangrove ecosystems in Mida Creek ensure that fishing and eco-tourism continue to be viable economic drivers for the region.


Key Impact Metrics

  • 50+ jobs created
  • 30 mangrove trees will sequester 9 tons of CO2 over the 25-year lifetime of the tree
  • 10,000 mangrove trees planted per hectare


Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project

SDG No Poverty
SDG Zero Hunger
SDG Good Health and Wellbeing
SDG Quality Education
SDG Gender Equality
SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Climate Action
SDG Life Below Water
SDG Life On Land

SDG Impact Report

Bali, Indonesia

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia. For a detailed breakdown of these SDGs please visit:

https://sea-trees.org/pages/sdg-nusa-penida

SeaTrees has supported the planting and cultivation of coral reefs at The Ped Acropora Coral Nursery in Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia. Working with Balinese nonprofit Ocean Gardener, this project employs a team of local fisher-people and divers to restore the degraded coral reefs of Nusa Penida and educate the local community on best practices to protect the reefs moving forward. This coral restoration will provide a habitat for more than 500 species of fish, create 20 jobs for local villagers and support 12 families.


Key Impact Metrics

  • Every 1000 corals planted creates approximately one week of employment.
  • 25 local Indonesians are provided with employment - at a time when the pandemic had devastated Bali’s tourism-based economy
  • Habitat created for 500+ marine species


Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project


SDG No Poverty
SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Industry Innovation and Infastructure
SDG Climate Action
SDG Life Below Water

SDG Impact Report

Tankers Reef, California

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in the Southern Cardamom Watershed In Cambodia. For a detailed breakdown of these SDGs please visit:

https://sea-trees.org/pages/sdg-cardamom



SeaTrees supports the kelp forest restoration and research efforts by Reef Check California and G2KR in partnership with “citizen scientist” volunteer divers to clear purple urchins In order to make space for Giant Kelp forests to regenerate. This project is a starting point that could lead to large-scale, low-cost kelp forest restoration activities across the California coast—where critical kelp forest ecosystems are in a state of crisis. In addition to reestablishing the kelp forest ecosystem at Tankers Reef, the goal of this project is to determine if recruiting recreational divers can be an effective strategy for restoring kelp forests at scale.


Key Impact Metrics

  • Oxygen tanks, boat time, and materials for volunteer divers supported by SeaTrees
  • 180+ volunteer divers registered
  • 10,000 sq-m of kelp forest to be restored


Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project

SDG Industry Innovation and Infastructure
SDG Climate Action
SDG Life Below Water

SDG Impact Report

Southern Cardamom

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in the Southern Cardamom Watershed In Cambodia. For a detailed breakdown of these SDGs please visit:

https://sea-trees.org/pages/sdg-cardamom