Restoring Meadow, Marsh and Reef (ReMeMaRe) (pronounced “re-memory”), is an ambitious habitat restoration initiative, so called, as it aims to address baseline shift and reverse centuries of decline of three of our priority estuarine and coastal habitats, seagrass meadows, saltmarshes and European native oyster (Ostrea edulis) reefs.
In England, over recent centuries, we have lost:
- Seagrass meadows from up to 50% of the water bodies where it was once found
- 85% of saltmarsh
- 95% of native oyster reefs
With the loss of these habitats comes the loss of the valuable benefits and services they would provide our society.
By restoring these precious estuarine and coastal ecosystems, we are enhancing society's connection to the natural world, whilst delivering Nature-based Solutions (NbS) that address issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, sustainable food, health and well-being, as well as the socio-economic benefits of recreation and tourism that can help to alleviate deprivation in coastal towns.
To support collaborative delivery, ReMeMaRe partners have co-developed the ReMeMaRe Delivery Plan. This document sets out the proposed structure of a series of thematic Working Groups (WGs) and suggested key deliverables of relevance to that theme. These deliverables, or projects, are those which the partnership feel would best enable the delivery of estuarine and coastal restoration across England and will be taken forward by those partners who have the remit, experience and resources to contribute to each piece of work.
We intend to maintain the Delivery Plan as a 'live document', updating it as projects complete and importantly, as partners and other stakeholders see a need or opportunity to address evidence gaps, provide supporting tools and guidance and support restoration of estuaries and coasts.
If you would like to be involved in ReMeMaRe's work, if any of the potential projects described overlaps with your existing works or future ambitions, or if you think of any other deliverables or projects that could support estuarine and coastal restoration, please feel free to get in touch.
- The Seagrass Extent data layer is available to download
- The Restoration Potential Maps are available to download
- The Habitat Restoration Handbook series are available to download
- The Infographics developed for the habitat restoration handbook series are available to download
As part of our collaborative approach, ReMeMaRe welcomes engagement with other estuarine and coastal stakeholders. To help us gather the evidence we need and to focus our efforts on the matters of greatest importance, we need your feedback.
Please check below for regular opportunities for you to get involved with ReMeMaRe and support better outcomes for estuaries and coasts.
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Vision and Mission
The ReMeMaRe Vision is for restored estuarine and coastal habitats that benefit people and nature.
The ReMeMaRe Mission is to restore at least 15% of our priority habitats along the English coast by 2043.
ReMeMaRe has developed six Strategic Goals, which if achieved, would better enable estuarine and coastal restoration across England, thereby achieving the vision and mission of ReMeMaRe and a more sustainable future for us all. They are:
1. Enhanced health and connectivity of estuaries and coasts, by restoring priority habitats and species and expanding towards integrated seascape and landscape scale restoration.
2. Improved delivery and protection for restored habitats, by streamlining legislative, regulatory, and policy processes and development.
3. Improved socio-economic regeneration of communities, by maximising opportunities for job creation, training, and skills development created through restoration.
4. Better awareness of habitat restoration and socio-economic benefits to communities, through coordinated communications at a national level to partners, the wider public, government and industry.
5. Supporting and coordinating research and development of tools, guidance, and monitoring and evaluation resources, to set a standard and continuity of practice at a national scale.
6. Secure investment through a blended model of public, private and third sector funding, to maximise restoration of habitats and socio-economic regeneration of communities.