The Mourjan Marinas’ ‘Floating Mangroves’ project is being enhanced with all plants from phase one and two now receiving sea water based irrigation. The experiment is the first of its kind in the region – the findings of which – will help shape scientists’ understanding on mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration.
The experiment monitors use of mangroves for capturing carbon emissions, or sequestration, helping to reduce atmospheric carbon levels. Phase two of the project was launched in September 2013, with a further eight containers of mangrove species being added following successful completion of phase one.
“Phase one offered some valuable learning experiences, as well as providing us with a lot of confidence moving forward. Now we are able to demonstrate success and proof in the concept. We are looking to expand much needed research capacity in the project,” said Mark Sutcliffe, Natural Sciences project officer at UNESCO.
Mourjan Marinas – Lusail also received an accreditation of Clean Marina, by the International Clean Marina programme.