Since being named a finalist in the inaugural Earthshot Prize, an international search for environmental innovators launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, Living Seawalls has exploded on the world stage. From our first Living Seawall in North Sydney, we can now be found in 21 locations in Australia and 6 countries around the world!
Living Seawalls is a SIMS flagship research programme that improves the ecological value of artificial structures and make them more useful for marine life. Artificial structure such as seawalls, wharves and pontoons have flat, featureless, vertical surfaces that can support very few species. Natural shorelines, such as rock platforms and mangroves contain a variety of different surface shapes such as rockpools, holes and crevices, which provide a wide range of habitat to support a diverse group of marine life. Living Seawall brings natural habitat to artificial structures, by designing panels containing complex habitat features based on nature. By using Living Seawalls habitat enhancement modules, artificial structures in our harbours and coastlines can be beneficial for both humans and nature.