World Harbour Seascape Restoration Programme

World Harbour Seascape Restoration Programme

World Harbour Seascape Restoration Programme 1000 540 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Sydney Institute of Marine Science – Australia

This Programme brings together multiple ecosystem restoration initiatives to provide a template for restoration of whole seascapes on urbanized areas across the globe.

The WHSR Programme focus on ecosystems well-known for their current degradation status and their important ecosystem services such as seagrass beds, shellfish reefs, kelp forests, saltmarshes, mangroves, rocky reefs and coral reefs. Additionally, in collaboration with the internationally awarded Living Seawalls Project, this Programme will enhance and rehabilitate ecosystem services of urbanized areas where ecosystem restoration is unfeasible with the use of innovative solutions such as seawall habitat panels and ReefPods. This project will be amongst the first, globally, to move beyond habitat-by-habitat approaches to restoration, to provide an example of how multispecies restoration can be conducted at scale to not only maximise ecological but also socio-economic benefits.

Start Date: 01/01/2023
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Martina Doblin (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Programme


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