Rewilding the Oceans with Giant Kelp (Kelp Blue)

Rewilding the Oceans with Giant Kelp (Kelp Blue)

Rewilding the Oceans with Giant Kelp (Kelp Blue) 1321 743 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Kelp Blue – Namibia

In the framework of this initiative, giant kelp forests (Macrocystis) have been grown at scale to boost the health of the oceans. Giant Kelp one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet, growing up to 50 cm per day and has the ability to draw down more CO2 than terrestrial forests.

Growing kelp requires no fertilisers, no pesticides, no land and no fresh water and Kelp forests boosting marine biodiversity and providing habitats for innumerable marine organisms. Only the kelp canopy is harvested to produce sustainable products in agri-foods, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, and textiles that foster a low-carbon economy. Over the next four years, this Project will scale operations to create profitable nature-based solutions that will help reverse climate change.

Start Date: 31/08/2023
End Date: 31/08/2027

Lead Contact: Caroline Slootweg (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy
ocean_basins: North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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