to harness the power of giant kelp to help restore the health of the planet
KFF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Protasius Mutjida will begin his MSc in oceans geochemistry focussing on carbon sequestration in January 2022
Our aim is to address the gap in science around kelp forests and make new knowledge publicly available
Our research will focus on the pathways for carbon sequestration of giant kelp into the deep sea either in the form of dissolved carbon or in the form of biomass that dies and floats out to sea.
We will further the understanding of the role of cultivated giant kelp forests in marine ecosystems and their impact on biodiversity.
In order to better illustrate the positive impact, we will quantify the greenhouse gas emissions avoided as a result of the use products made out of sustainably cultivated giant kelp.
Blue Carbon Methodology
Aim: to unlock the potential of the Blue Carbon credit market for giant kelp cultivation.
Aim: to highlight kelp forests as a nature-based solution to climate change.
Macrocystis Seed Bank
Aim: to create a seed bank of Macrocystis pyrifera for research, restoration and farming.
Harnessing the power of giant kelp to help restore the health of the planet
The purpose of the “Kelp Forest Foundation” (KFF) is to address the gap in science and knowledge around kelp forests’ ecosystem services. The KFF aims to raise the awareness of the economic and ecological importance of kelp forests, drive research, build knowledge and strengthen the science around wild forest restoration and cultivated kelp afforestation.