How UWA is using a unique carbon offset partnership to help restore kelp forests

The University of Western Australia has partnered with local business Canopy Blue in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, while allowing it to reinvest in its own research to help regenerate WA kelp forests lost in the 2011 marine heatwave.

The project aims to restore kelp forests within 97,438 hectares of reef between Jurien Bay and Kalbarri, where macroalgae was wiped out during the heatwave, which resulted in an estimated 310,949 tonnes of carbon being released into the atmosphere.

“Reducing our carbon footprint and returning investment into world-class research will help create a better environment for all while increasing expertise in an important field.”UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Anna Nowak

UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Anna Nowak said the project had potential to benefit the University as well as the wider community.