Solent Seascape Project (SSP)

Solent Seascape Project (SSP)

Solent Seascape Project (SSP) 2560 1700 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Blue Marine Foundation – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)

The Solent Seascape Project is a collaborative five-year initiative aimed at restoring multiple habitats across the Solent, a diverse estuarine system between the Isle of Wight and mainland England.

As the first project of its kind in the UK, this partnership of ten multi-sectoral organizations works with local communities to actively restore and reconnect coastal habitats, creating a thriving, functioning seascape. The five key aims are to: collaborate with stakeholders to co-create a long-term seascape recovery plan that supports better management of existing habitats; actively restore saltmarsh, seagrass, oyster reefs, and breeding seabird nesting sites; assess ecosystem service benefits to evidence the wider advantages of seascape restoration; develop policy interventions and financial mechanisms to scale up potential for seascape restoration in the long term; and empower local communities by sharing knowledge, building capacity, and increasing involvement.

Start Date: 10/01/2022
End Date: 30/09/2027

Lead Contact: Rosalie Wright (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 5- Ocean-Climate Nexus, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: North Atlantic Ocean, Solent Strait
type_of_action: Project


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