The decision to exclude carbon storage from Index calculations was based on two main factors. The first is that there are no data available on the only carbon-fixing ecosystem found in the Israeli Mediterranean, the seagrass beds. There have been sightings of some patches of seagrass, but these have never been documented or mapped. This habitat seems to be rare. A second reason for not including carbon storage in the Index is the fact that the Levant basin of the eastern Mediterranean is considered ultra-oligotrophic, characterized by extremely low productivity, enabling non-significant amounts of carbon storage.
Conservation of coastal habitats affording carbon storage and sequestration
This goal was removed from the Israeli Mediterranean assessment.
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