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MAP News Issue 362, April 18, 2015

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The MAP News
362nd Edition                                April 18, 2015

FEATURE STORY

'Wrong' mangrove rehab in Yolanda areas wasting funds
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PHILLIPINES - When marine biologist Margie Dela Cruz saw an old man about to plant mangrove seedlings in a channel in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, she panicked. The man was about to plant a species of mangroves called Rhizophora, more commonly called bakhaw, in seagrass beds, a completely different ecosystem from mangroves and home to a different set of organisms. Bakhaw do not naturally grow in the channel in the fishing village of Namitan. Instead, pagatpat (Sonneratia alba) and piapi (Avicennia marina) mangroves thrive there. By planting mangroves that had never been there, the reforestation only replaced one valuable habitat with another less viable one. Dela Cruz clearly remembered what the old man replied to her panicked questioning: "Sa gobyerno naman 'yan. Bakit sila magtuturo ng mali? (This is a government project, Why will they teach us the wrong thing?)" But that is exactly what may be the case, according to several Filipino scientists. READ MORE

ASIA

MAP’s Curriculum Project in Bangladesh Report Released
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BANGLADESH – The Marvellous Mangroves (MM) Curriculum is a 350-page guidebook for schoolteachers, environmental clubs and higher level students to get intensive knowledge on mangroves through theoretical knowledge, hands on activities and visit to the Sundarbans wetlands including mangrove forests. The curriculum has already proved its importance and has been adapted, replicated and is under implementation in Australia, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Cayman Islands, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Mr. Martin A. Keeley, currently the Global Education Director of Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is the main author of MM Curriculum along with teachers and scientists from different corners of the world. READ THE REPORT

Move for 2nd Rampal power unit on while first one flounders
BANGLADESH - A government agency has made a move to develop more land at Rampal for building a second thermal power plant although the first one of 1,320-megawatt seems trapped in complexities and complaints. Officials said the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) planned to spend Tk 5.41 billion on land development, and construction of the protection and boundary walls for the second block of Rampal power plant. "We recently sent a Tk 5.41 billion project proposal to the Planning Commission. If approved, we will start land-development work on the Rampal power-generation-project site," said a BPDB official. READ MORE

MAP Asia hosts CBEMR field visits for DMCR and IUCN
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THAILAND - On Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th of April, MAP Asia, with assistance from Raks Thai (CARE Thailand) Foundation, hosted a visit for members of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), DMCR (Department of Marine and Coastal Resources) and people from the local communities. Representative included Mr Chakri Roadfai (Director of Mangrove Resources Conservation Office, DMCR) and Dr Chamniern (Country Representative, IUCN Thailand). The representatives would be visiting five sites over two days as a key component of MAP’s Ecosystems Protection Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project. The main objectives of this visit was to show real examples of restoration projects and help to increase the understanding of their failings or successes, hoping that lessons can be learned and integrated into future restoration, management and policy. READ MORE

Turtle nesting sites, mangroves at high risk due to oil spill
INDIA - Turtle nesting sites on the shorelines, mangroves in the inland waters and coral reefs in the sea are identified as highly vulnerable groups in the event of oil spill off the Goa coast, according to experts. "Many of Goa's diverse and ecologically important coastlines, including the inland riverine systems, are home to diverse and unique flora and fauna. Oil spills cause disruption and devastation of migratory pathways, degradation of important animals and plant habitat," stated the Goa State Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan prepared by the State Pollution Control Board (GPCB). READ MORE

AMERICAS

Ecological restoration of mangrove in the RAMSAR 1000
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HONDURAS - Ramsar Site #1000 is the area of wetlands in the Gulf of Fonseca that Honduras has committed itself to protect through an international agreement. The Honduran Congress strengthens that obligation through decree 5-99-E, which declares those wetlands as "Protected Areas" with the ecological designation of "Species Habitat Areas." Recently, Mangrove Action Project (MAP) with financial support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and permission from the approval of the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Mines launched a project named “Communities Basis in the Ecological Restoration of Mangroves” in site 1000. However, upon arrival it was discovered that a shrimp farm had been illegally setup against environmental law and within the confines of the ports security administration. Suddenly, the Ministry of the Environment abruptly suspends all cooperation. READ MORE also available EN ESPAÑOL

No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica
There is a situation brewing in Jamaica where state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company wants to build a massive shipping port. The Government already set aside the Portland Bight Protected Area, the Goat Islands area and surrounding waters for the endangered species. The Jamaican government did an about face and now the area is being considered for development of this huge port. Hellshire Hills, Jamaica is the last remaining home of the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana. The PBPA is a cultural heritage site, being once the home of the Taino Tribe, that at one time inhabited much of the south coast of Jamaica encluding Old Harbour, and around the Goat Islands in the Portland Bight Protected Area. READ MORE

Nat Geo video explores mangrove forests of Costa Rica
COSTA RICA - The Pacific and Caribbean shorelines of Costa Rica are home to various mangrove forests that are extremely important for marine and coastal ecosystems. These forests feature unique vegetation that thrives on brackish water, and which provides a fertile habitat for many wildlife species such as tropical fish, crabs, caimans, monkeys, bats, and many birds. Aside from serving as animal habitats, mangrove forests are also filtration systems that balance salinity and absorb pollutants. In the current period of climate change, mangrove forests are the first line of defense against the rising sea levels and the drastic high tides that are being experienced across the Americas; mangroves also protect against natural disasters such as tropical storms and hurricanes. A new National Geographic video briefly explains the importance of mangroves in Rio Tigre, a coastal community in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica VIEW VIDEO

Army Corp Tells Neal Not to Kill Mangroves on Perico Island
USA – In a letter sent to Pat Neal on Thursday, the Army Corp of Engineers sent a clear message: If you want to develop, don’t kill the mangroves. Neal needs approval of three entities – the City of Bradenton, SWFMD and the Army Corp of Engineers – before he can destroy mangroves for development on Perico Island. If any one of them denies permission, the irreplaceable environment of the mangroves will remain protected. The letter should come as no surprise, as three federal agencies have thus far recommended denial. Citizens have been very vocal about the mangroves requested to be destroyed by Neal, writing almost a hundred letters opposing the project. 22-year Manatee County Commission veteran, Joe McClash, who challenged a permit about to be issued by SWFMD, responded that he was "hopeful that the laws and rules protecting mangroves would finally be respected." READ MORE

Environmentalists challenging feds over turtle deaths from commercial shrimping
USA – An environmental group is suing the federal government over deaths of thousands of sea turtles caught in shrimping nets, saying regulators ignore rules that might save them. “These agencies have violated their statutory mandate,” says a lawsuit the activist group Oceana filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington. The group wants a judge to order the National Marine Fisheries Service to rewrite a report it issued last year that said shrimping operations “will not reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery” of several species of sea turtles that are endangered or threatened. The suit argues the agency’s report, called a biological opinion, is “arbitrary and capricious” and ignored scientific information about the scale of the damage from shrimping. The 2014 report estimated 53,622 turtles were killed annually in trawling nets. READ MORE

15th International Children Contest Announcement for teachers and schools
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We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us "why mangroves are important to my community and me?” Selected winners will be published in the 2016 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology. This creative contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangrove forests, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas. Help us launch this program in your school by contacting science and art teachers in your area and encourage them to work together on this fun and innovative project. READ MORE  also available EN ESPAÑOL

OCEANA

ABS data shows reef coral, seagrass loss
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AUSTRALIA - STARTLING statistics have revealed a severe drop in the reef's seagrass, coral and water quality in the Fitzroy region and the Mackay and Whitsunday region. Figures show the Fitzroy region has recorded a decline of more than 50% in seagrass and coral quality on the Great Barrier Reef. The Mackay and Whitsunday region has had a 45% drop in water quality. Recently the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the first ecosystem accounts that examined data taken over the past decade of the reef's condition and scored it accordingly. It showed seagrass condition had dropped by more than half in the Fitzroy area; going from 100 points when data started being collected in 2005-06 to just 38 points in 2012. There has also been a decline in seagrass condition in the Mackay and Whitsunday region, going from 100 points in 2005 to its lowest level of 21 points in 2011. READ MORE

In praise of seagrasses and their special place in the Pacific
AUSTRALIA – An international project that's helping save the threatened dugongs of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu has produced some amazing facts about their seagrass habitats. Pacific Regional Environment Program's migratory species specialist, Mike Donoghue says they store carbon dioxide 35 times faster than rainforests can and ecology assessments rate them as three times more valuable than coral reefs. They're clearly an underwater miracle plant and James Cook University researcher Len McKenzie says the value of seagrass is not widely appreciated. Listen to PODCAST

LAST WORD(S)

    “Placing a site on the Ramsar list does not ensure the conservation of the natural wetland habitats within it”.
~Source “Ramsar Briefing Note 7, the “State of the World’s Wetlands and their Services to People: A compilation of recent analyses,”

Activist Nancy DeRosa of Society of Akumal's Vital Ecology (SAVE) in Mexico speaks out about the ineffectiveness of Ramsar listing in light of recent findings.

“Our world’s shorelines and water ways are indeed in trouble. Workshops and new initiatives are fantastic.  But how much time do we really have?  Here in the Riviera Maya coastline of Mexico, the wetlands resemble a crash victim. RAMSAR is not making enough of a difference.  Something must change.  If this crash victim receives immediate care, the victim may survive…”
“… I think that my small grassroots NGO, SAVE, is doing more and making differences than the well funded diplomatic group of RAMSAR.  Although it is risky to speak out as a private citizen amongst power giants that run this coastline, it has its rewards, rewards that can be seen on the ground. If RAMSAR Mexico could take a more active position to help we could together make a change, but in the past as I have had dialogs with this group, there has been no action, and no change…” READ HER ENTIRE LETTER


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A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old. We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us “why mangroves are important to my community and me?”. Selected winners will be published in a 2016 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology.  READ MORE

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An Open Letter to RAMSAR

Our world’s shorelines and water ways are indeed in trouble. Workshops and new initiatives are fantastic.  But how much time do we really have?  Here in the Riviera Maya coastline of Mexico, the wetlands resemble a crash victim. RAMSAR is not making enough of a difference.  Something must change.  If this crash victim receives immediate care, the victim may survive.
We must have decided as members of RAMSAR that the wetlands deserve our immediate care for many reasons, and this takes efforts, not just words.
What to do first? “We apply emergency first aid: Airway, Breathing and Circulation.”  These same ABC's relating to ecology; putting a stop to ALL deforestation, mangrove filling, disheveled sewage, habitat destruction, siltation from construction, garbage dumping, chemical runoffs, and poor building ethics.
To apply first aid, work must be done on both the ground level and the diplomatic level, and it’s a big job, more than only a desk job!!! Destruction continues here daily. RAMSAR diplomats are not paying attention to the facts of the list above, not much.  I think that my small grassroots NGO, SAVE, is doing more and making differences than the well funded diplomatic group of RAMSAR.  Although it is risky to speak out as a private citizen amongst power giants that run this coastline, it has its rewards, rewards that can be seen on the ground. If RAMSAR Mexico could take a more active position to help we could together make a change, but in the past as I have had dialogs with this group, there has been no action, and no change. 
CPR wetlands:  In the words of a friend “First we need first aid. Once first aid is applied, then we have to treat the crash victim. Sometimes we might need to heal broken bones.  We can choose to let the broken bone stay untreated, then it will take a very long time for it to heal properly or we might speed up the process by taking active measures, such as placing a metal rod and a cast.”
If we think about it in this way, the water of this world is our blood, the mangroves of this world are our lungs, the brains…us as controllers, and the goal is to live, flourish, grow.
Sometimes the bruises will heal on their own. That's when conservation alone helps. “If left untreated, the patient will die, regardless of our ABC's and our bone healing.”
Then there is more, systemic failure is not only caused from our neglect, but also with throwing in global warming to this mixture, that if left untreated, will doom wetlands by 2050, that's just 35 years from now. And for us whose sole livelihoods depends on tourism from this coastline which is truly a fantastic place, human destruction and human abuse…overuse of our resources is just not acceptable.
Once we have our priorities straight, it's time to take action. Action Please!!  In our wetlands if left untreated, this will be then the objective of large scale restoration.
Some of us know about dealing with systemic failure. We have to do our best, and we have to do it quick. And we need to unite our efforts. We have an existing organization RAMSAR to coordinate our efforts along with local NGO’s.
Regardless how we decide about doing our best, we don't want to let the patient die in agony during
our watch. 
Nancy DeRosa
Activist for SAVE
Society of Akumal's Vital Ecology
Salvamento Akumal de Vida Ecologica
www.saverivieramaya.org
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Convocatoria concurso de arte infantil

Estimado Director y Profesores

Les extendemos la cordial invitación  a participar en el concurso internacional de arte para niños entre 6  y 16 años ,los trabajos  premiados  serán publicados  en nuestro  calendario  2015.
Invitamos  a participar  a todos los niños de países tropicales  y subtropicales  con bosque  de manglares  cercanos  a sus escuelas.
El calendario  será distribuido internacionalmente  para  informar sobre los bosques de manglares  y ecología  además  de promover  la apreciación  y  voces creativas  de los niños que viven en las comunidades de manglares. Ayúdenos  a realizar  este entretenido  e innovador  proyecto en su escuela contactando  a la profesoras (res) de arte y ciencias.



Tema : “Importancia de los bosques de manglares  en mi comunidad”.

Técnica : Pintura , tempera ,tierras de color , lápices de colores, tinta, collage, pastel, lápices de cera, etc.

Dimensiones: 45 por 30 centímetros (papel)

Identificación del alumno: Al reverso de la obra en un papel pegado , por favor Escrivá : nombre completo, edad, escuela, ciudad o pueblo ,país  y titulo de obra si tiene.

Formato : El formato tiene que ser horizontal es decir la parte mas ancha va horizontal y la mas angosta es vertical. Hemos recibido arte de niños muy hermoso pero lamentablemente a veces no lo
hemos podido usar, porque usaron un formato vertical.                          

Selección  de arte
Cada escuela seleccionara  tres finalistas  de arte que  serán entregados  a la ONG .Para luego mandarlas  a la oficina de MAP donde haremos la selección final.

Premiación
En Arte : -1er Premio  recibirá  un Diploma +  2 calendario + reconocimiento internacional
               -2 o Premio  recibirá un Diploma + 1 calendario
               -3 r Premio  recibirá  un certificado + 1 calendario     

Plazo de entrega
Los trabajos deberán recibirse no mas tarde del 20  de Agosto de 2015 en la oficina de MAP en USA.

Embalaje
Por favor mandar en un tubo de cartón o en caja apropiada. Por correo registrado. A la direccion

Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279,USA

Los trabajos arrugados y doblados serán rechazados.

A quien podemos contactar ?
Por favor comuníquenos  si su escuela quiere participar , contactando a la ONG que le dio la información sobre este proyecto .Por favor use ambos mails. Gracias

BASES DEL CONCURSO DE ARTE INFANTIL

Monica Gutierrez-Quarto
Coordinadora del projecto Calendario
Monicagquarto@olympus.net
Mangroveap@olympus.net
Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279,USA

Fono /Fax : 360-452-5866
Su ONG de contacto o enlace es

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Nombre  y dirección de persona de ONG es 

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Sugerencias , para un viaje de estudio y observación en manglares e información , instrucción en la sala de clases. Es una sugerencia que este concurso pueda coincidir con un  previo proyecto de educación ecológica  informando la importancia de manglares para el medio ambiente , para su comunidad , pescadores y para la fauna que vive en los manglares. Además proveerá mas información para inspirar a desplegar la creatividad de los participantes.

1.- Información guiada en la sala de clases ,usando libros, fotos y ideos
2.-Estudio de campo ecológico con profesores y alguien de ONG. Donde podrán observar la diversidad de vida silvestre y fauna que habita en manglares como aves coloridas , cangrejos, mamíferos, reptiles, moluscos y insectos .Además  de las características  únicas asociadas al  árbol manglar.
3.- Después del viaje de estudios los niños podrán entrevistar a sus padres  o a pescadores  locales sobre los manglares en su región ,por que son importantes y cuales son los problemas que hay cuando los bosques desaparecen.

4.- Como resultado de esta investigación los niños que estén interesados podrán desplegar su creatividad haciendo arte .

Sugerencias y ideas son bienvenidas
Cordialmente
Monica Gutierrez-Quarto

15th International Children Contest Announcement for teachers and schools



A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old 

 

We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose   schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us "why mangroves are important to my community and me?”
 Selected winners will be published in the 2016 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology. This creative contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangrove forests, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas.
 Help us launch this program in your school by contacting science and art teachers in your area and encourage them to work together on this fun and innovative project.

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What kind of art can be submitted? Any technique

Technique: Paint, color pencil, ink, collage, pastel, crayons, etc

Dimensions: Canvas, or paper, 45 cms x 30 cms. (18 in. x 12 in)
The Art Work should be in a format horizontal (long length across, the shorter length vertical), in order to fit on the calendar page. (We had received wonderful art work in a vertical format, but sadly were unable to use it. )

Artist Identification: On the back of each art work please write in English: the full name and age of the artist, the school name, address, city or town, country, and title of art work.

Age Limit: from 6-16 years old

Mailing instructions: The artwork has to be mailed in a small tube, such as the ones for mailing posters. Make sure the art is sent in certified or registered mail to MAP, PO Box 1854, Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279, USA.

How will entries be judged? 
Each school will hold its own exhibition and select 3 or more winners in art. Winning entries will be collected in each country by a participating NGO and then mailed to MAP's office to be judged by a team of artists.

What are the prizes
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-1st Prize will receive a certificate + calendar and the recognition of being published in an International calendar with global distribution.
 -2 nd Prize                                          ''            ''
 -3 rd Prize                                       ''             ''
 Participating Winning School will receive 2 Calendars
 Participating NGOs will receive 4 Calendars.

When is the deadline?
Please, we must receive the artwork in MAP's office by August 20 2015.

Mailed to: MAP, PO Box 1854, Port Angeles, WA  98362-0279, USA
Please mail in a tube or flat in a box, but not folded!
Who do I contact?.
Please let us know if your school and/or NGO plans to participate by contacting:
Monica  Gutierrez-Quarto,
Calendar Project Coordinator
c/o Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279, USA
tel.  (360) 452-5866
e-mail: monicagquarto@olympus.net  and
: mangroveap@olympus.net

All entries selected at the national level should be submitted to the same address.

Your local NGO contact is: (Please fill this in.)


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Some suggested Field Trip and Classroom Lessons

It is suggested that this contest could coincide with an Associated Mangrove Ecology Educational Project with the children. This lesson will highlight the importance of mangrove forests for the environment, for their community, for fishermen and/or for the associated mangrove forest fauna. The intent of this educational project is to help the participating children better comprehend the important role mangroves play in their lives and for their communities.

 1- Information and guidance in the classroom, aided by text books, mangrove curriculum, slides and videos.

 2.- Eco-Study Field trips for firsthand observation with  the teacher and/ or a local resource person, where they can observe the myriad forms of life that inhabit the mangroves, such as the many colored  birds, fish, crabs, mollusks, reptiles, mammals, and insects, while also learning about the unique characteristics of the associated mangrove plants and trees.

 3.- During, or after, the field trips, the children can  hold interviews with their parents or local fishermen about the mangroves in their region, learning more about the history of the area's mangrove forest, as well as why they are important and what the problems are when the mangroves are lost.

 4 - As a result of this research, the children may wish to create artwork for the 2015 calendar art competition.


Yours sincerely,

Monica Alicia Paz Gutierrez-Quarto,
Calendar Project Coordinator
Mangrove Action Project

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Alfredo Quarto, Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279
USA
phone/ fax  (360) 452-5866
<mangroveap@olympus.net>
mailto:mangroveap@olympus.net
web site: http://www.mangroveactionproject.org