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MAP News Issue 407, January 7, 2017

MAP NEWS Issue 407


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The MAP News
407th Edition                               January 7, 2017

FEATURE STORY
 
MAP Director steps down after 10 years of dedicated support
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USA - It is with both joy and sadness that we announce Fiona Wilmot is leaving MAP’s Board of Directors. After over 10 years of dedicated service on the Board, she is transitioning to MAP’s Board of Advisors. She joined our Board early on when MAP transitioned from a project of Earth Island Institute back in 2006 to become our own 501 (c) 3 non-profit. We at MAP would like to thank Fiona for all the hard work and dedication she has given to MAP over those years, especially during more challenging times when she helped to bolster MAP and keep us on track to conserve and restore mangroves. We thank Dr. Fiona Wilmot for all she has done and does for our blue planet! We wish her great success in the work she is doing, and look forward to working with her in the years to come, seeking her sage advice and helpful hand in working towards a future for a healthy planet that includes mangroves and mangrove communities! READ MORE


AFRICA


Foreign trawlers devastate fisheries in Cameroon, navy deployed to seize illegal vessels
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CAMAROON - The West African nation of Cameroon is experiencing a steep drop in wild fish stocks. Local communities that depend on coastal fisheries say foreign vessels, many of them Chinese in origin, are illegally trawling in domestic waters and depleting their catch. FSRN’s Ngala Killian Chimtom reports from Limbe, Cameroon. About a dozen women hover over charcoal cooking fires, grilling freshly-caught fish from the waters near Limbe, a seaside city of more than 80,000 where fisheries remain a major source of livelihood. But these days the future looks bleak for many fisher folk who depend on wild fish stocks. Foreign factory trawlers, mainly from China according to local anecdotes, are illegally harvesting the prized “Bonga chad,” a species that averages about 10 inches long and is a smoked delicacy here. Chinese trawlers are casting wide nets, scraping the fishing grounds clean, which fish merchant Nicoline Tabot says are depriving her community of the prized Bonga. “If you go to the market now, you will see just some small, small fish,” Tabot says. “You will not see anything good.” READ MORE


On the hunt for dynamite fishers in Tanzania
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TANZANIA - South of the port city of Dar Es Salaam, right on the coast, about 50 simple stone houses huddle under the palm fronds. Omari Mussa, who until recently made his living as a fisherman, grew up here. Mussa's skin is tanned by the sun, and he's missing a finger on his left hand, blown off by a mistimed throw of a bomb - his tool of choice when it came to reeling in the sea bream and red snapper. "It's dangerous," he said. "Nevertheless, everybody here used this technique. Fishing with the usual methods is hardly worthwhile." Detonating a bomb in a coral reef can net fishermen up to 100 fish - and lots of money. The shockwave from the blast pops the air bladder in every living creature within a radius of 5 to 20 meters, depending on the amount of explosive used. Fish sink to the bottom, and fishermen then collect the largest. In a fraction of a second, the bomb transforms a brightly-colored reef teeming with life into an underwater desert. For that reason, dynamite fishing has been outlawed. READ MORE


ASIA


Mangrove Nature Trail and Learning Center Opening!!!
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THAILAND - 19th of December of 2016 was a milestone day for the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) staff and the community of Baan Ta Sanook (TSN), located in Phang Nga Province, South Thailand. After months of planning, building and organising, the Mangrove Nature Trail and the Learning Center was officially opened at a special ceremony and finally ready to receive visitors! The mangrove nature trail is a 70-meter walkway which is partly raised concrete so is always dry even at high tide and traverses through a biodiverse mangrove stand allowing you to have a close-up experience with the mangrove ecosystem. It was constructed carefully so not a single mangrove tree had to be cut down. READ MORE


One man is planting mangroves in Indonesia to stave off tragedy
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INDONESIA - There’s a spot in the Indonesian seaside village of Tongke-Tongke where people like to hang out at sunset. It’s a boardwalk winding through a dense forest of mangroves along the coast. The tangled root systems of the trees poke out of the water, like tent poles holding up the tree trunks. Teenagers in this town of roughly 3,000 people take selfies with the dense leafy canopy as a backdrop, while families stroll along the boardwalk. None of this may have been here if it weren’t for Hidayat Palaloi. “Before, this area was not like this, it was just empty land, coastline and a beach,” says Palaloi, the head of a mid-sized conservation nonprofit based in Makassar, Indonesia, called the Indonesian Self Growth Foundation. READ MORE


Mangroves: The Forests of the Tide
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CHINA - A new art exhibition in Yangon shows the strange beauty of mangrove forests and the important role they play in the wider ecosystem. In 2008 Cyclone Nargis swept in over the Bay of Bengal and across the Irrawaddy delta, killing 130,000 people and displacing many more. Nothing broke the power of the cyclone as it hit the coast; the destruction of mangroves had left Myanmar’s coastline exposed to the devastating force of the tropical storm. Mangroves are a delta’s natural defence against nature’s fury, absorbing the onslaught of cyclones, winds, floods and tidal surges. The dense tangle of roots trap silt and stabilise the coast, preventing erosion. The trees also absorb five times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than rainforests, which means they play a huge role in mitigating global climate change. A new art exhibition in Yangon shows the strange beauty of these complex ecosystems and the important functions the mangrove forests play in the wider ecosystem. READ MORE


Replant mangroves, check pollution
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INDIA - Replant mangroves that are damaged during construction, develop green belt and fit construction equipment with mufflers and exhaust silencers to minimise sound pollution at the southern phase of the coastal road are some of the conditions laid down by the state’s green authority while approving one phase of the road in Mumbai. After the ambitious Rs 12,000 crore coastal road project was split in two parts, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has given a go ahead to the southern stretch (Princess street flyover to Bandra) of the road, but not without laying 12 conditions before recommending the southern stretch to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Meanwhile, civic officials said all the conditions are already taken care of and approval from the MoEF is awaited. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta, said, “We have got clearance from the MCZMA and now we are awaiting nod from the central government.” READ MORE


Storm in a Gallery: Delhi’s Exhibit 320 sheds light on endangered mangrove system
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INDIA - The Delhi-based artist, through her work that spans prints, photographs, videos and installations, unveils tales of the various mangrove ecosystems in India, with special focus on the Coromandel and Malabar coasts. The Delhi-based artist, through her work that spans prints, photographs, videos and installations, unveils tales of the various mangrove ecosystems in India, with special focus on the Coromandel and Malabar coasts. Mehra-Chawla, 39, who’s been working on the subject for more than half a decade now, says, “It’s important to bring this topic up because the mangrove systems are vulnerable and fragile, and at the same time form an important membrane between land and sea. When that membrane ruptures, we are susceptible to impending danger. These mangroves buffer us from erosion and also help in slowing down the speed of hurricanes.” READ MORE


AMERICAS


MSC Ecolabel Trashed by Founder
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USA - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ignited a firestorm with a detailed … and leaked … report castigating the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), one of the best known labeling organizations. The report questions the non-profit’s neutrality, process and overall effectiveness in adequately protecting the resource and objectively informing consumers about the sustainability of the seafood they purchase. The colossal irony here is that WWF was one of the key founders of MSC, a non-governmental organization (NGO). And now it has become an outspoken critic. Here is a link to the leaked WWF report. WWF claims the report was not finalized and has tried to backtrack. However, the 58-page document has detailed citations and thoroughly explained timelines noting the events that led to the drafting of the report, which by the way, is marked “FINAL.” The catalyst for this report was the MSC certification of certain tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean. One of the key principles of the original MSC guidelines for certification was that fisheries have a set of harvest control rules (HCRs) that ensure the health of the fishery. WWF now claims there are “several troubling systemic flaws” in the MSC certification process and that the mission appears to have become more about profits from the royalties paid to have the MSC logo than the original mission. That’s a stinging accusation from one of the organization’s original founders. READ MORE
 

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MAP Director steps down after 10 years of support

Thanks to Dr. Fiona Wilmot!

It is with both joy and sadness that we announce Fiona Wilmot is leaving MAP’s Board of Directors. After over 10 years of dedicated service on the Board, she is transitioning to MAP’s Board of Advisors. She joined our Board early on when MAP transitioned from a project of Earth Island Institute back in 2006 to become our own 501 (c) 3 non-profit. We at MAP would like to thank Fiona for all the hard work and dedication she has given to MAP over those years, especially during more challenging times when she helped to bolster MAP and keep us on track to conserve and restore mangroves.

We also note Fiona’s long and dedicated career for the environment, and some of her many other notable achievements. She received her PhD from Texas A&M University in 2014 focusing on political ecology, working with select coastal communities in El Salvador with a view to see how they adapt to environmental, economic and political change. She ran Connectivity, Inc. St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, which provides support services for stakeholder groups engaged in marine conservation and social justice. She has also devoted much time and energy in working for the National Marine Sanctuary Program in the Florida Keys, as well as providing assistance to the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 


Again we wish to thank Dr. Fiona Wilmot for all she has done and does for our blue planet! We wish her great success in the work she is doing, and look forward to working with her in the years to come, seeking her sage advice and helpful hand in working towards a future for a healthy planet that includes mangroves and mangrove communities!

Mangrove Nature Trail and Learning Center Opening!!!


By Isabel Robinson, MAP-Asia Intern


19th of December of 2016 was a milestone day for the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) staff and the community of Baan Ta Sanook (TSN), located in Phang Nga Province, South Thailand. After months of planning, building and organising, the Mangrove Nature Trail and the Learning Center was officially opened at a special ceremony and finally ready to receive visitors!


The mangrove nature trail is a 70-meter walkway which is partly raised concrete so is always dry even at high tide and traverses through a biodiverse mangrove stand allowing you to have a close-up experience with the mangrove ecosystem. It was constructed carefully so not a single mangrove tree had to be cut down.  Mangrove species signs are located along the trail as well as mangrove ecology interpretation sign-boards and ends at a Learning Center, a small wooden shelter built over-top of a pond.  Information about mangrove conservation and ecosystem, are located at the Learning Center which is perfect for environmental education school groups.  This project has been funded by DAIMLER AG, the maker of Mercedes Benz vehicles as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, and is managed by Global Nature Fund (GNF) of Germany.

This project puts together people from different villages creating a place to discuss mangrove conservation and restoration ideas within each other, and most importantly encouraging people to work together and create long-term successful projects. The learning center is a place to support mangrove environmental education of local schools, so kids as the future representatives of these communities are not only learning inside the classroom but also outside in the middle of the real living mangrove nature.

On the grand opening day, we had a beautiful sunny morning, with about 120 participants, including people from the official governments in Phang-Nga province like the Deputy Chief Executive of the Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO), representatives from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), the Head Master of TSN school. Also, it was amazing to have the participation from the different communities where MAP has carried projects and has worked with over the past number of years to help celebrate this special occasion.   Village representatives came from Ban Bang Kang Kao and Ban Leam MaKham in Trang and from Krabi province Ban Klong Lu and Ban Nai Nang. The importance of the nature trail and the Learning Center for the protection of the mangroves was mentioned a number of times during the opening, inviting everyone to be part of this project.

In middle, MAP's Technical Advisor, Mr. Sompoch Nimsantijaroen, explaining the purpose of the learning center to the Government Officials of Phang Nga Province

MAP hopes the Mangrove Nature Trail and Learning Center is well used and maintained for many years to come inspiring all users to learn and protect this vital ecosystem.




Sunday, December 25, 2016

Keep MAP growing with your help


Dear Friend of the Mangroves, 12/24/16

Yes, it’s the end of the year, and of course this is an appeal for your generous support for Mangrove Action Project! Since its inception in March 1992 (almost 25 years ago!), MAP has been actively engaged in conserving and restoring the mangroves and people who depend on these unique and vitally important coastal ecosystems.  With projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa, in collaboration with our local partners throughout the Global South, MAP has been building capacity of communities to protect and conserve these highly valued “roots of the sea” – the mangrove wetlands.  Via our ongoing programs, we are striving to ensure that mangroves will remain to benefit the lives of future generations.
In 2016, MAP continued to promote the vital role that mangroves play in carbon sequestration and long-term carbon storage; as coastal buffers against hurricanes, storm surges and tsunamis; and as critical nurseries for a cornucopia of marine life that depend on the mangroves.

MAP furthered its Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) program in Thailand and Central America. Working closely with local organizations and communities, MAP’s CBEMR program aims to slow the rate of mangrove deforestation, improve biodiversity and provide ecological security by providing coastal communities with a series of practical and localized education and training workshops. Early next year MAP will be bringing CBEMR training to Burma, and there is growing interest in CBEMR in several other countries in W. Africa and Latin America.

MAP’s Marvelous Mangroves Curriculum continues its focus on mangrove environmental education for primary school children. This program aims to educate future generations of mangrove stewards and decision makers about the critical importance of mangrove habitats. MAP’s Education Director Martin Keeley has thus far introduced the Curriculum into Cayman Islands, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Colombia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Australia. Martin recently took the Curriculum to Suriname, with further plans to bring this to Guadalupe, Haiti, India and Kenya in 2017.

The Question Your Shrimp (QYS) Public Awareness/ Markets Campaign is still a vital part of MAP’s global campaign. A leading cause of mangrove deforestation still stems from the shrimp farm industry. With this in mind, the QYS project attempts to reduce mangrove loss by reducing demand in the northern hemisphere for farmed tropical shrimp. 

Networking remains an important function of MAP, and our world-renowned biweekly electronic MAP News has now been publishing mangrove-related news for over 20 years. Over the years many environmental NGOs and mangrove ecologists have commended MAP for its newsletter’s informative and thought provoking content. MAP News continues to act as a key vehicle for MAP’s networking and advocacy work to defend the world’s mangroves. 

AND, of course, we must mention MAP’s 2017 Children’s Mangrove Art Calendar is in its 16th year of production! This year’s calendar is one of our most beautiful editions, and we are again offering the calendar as a gift for those donating $35 or more to MAP. Or, you can also purchase a calendar for $14, including postage. Please send checks to MAP, 606 Maynard Ave. S Ste. 102, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, or go online to MAP’s website to use PayPal to donate to MAP by credit card. 

PLEASE DONATE TO MAP NOW before year’s end! 



Again, thanks so much for your support for MAP!


For the Mangroves and the Mangrove Communities!


Alfredo Quarto, 
Co-Director/ Co-Founder
Mangrove Action Project



MAP Calendar 2017

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