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MAP News Issue 358 - Feb 21, 2015

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358th Edition                                February 21, 2015


FEATURE STORY

Krabi fishermen protest coal-fired power plant
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THAILAND - Local fishermen in Krabi have joined the fight against an 870-megawatt coal-fired power plant to be built in the province’s Nua Khlong district, east of Phuket. A horde of boats carrying angry villagers congregated at the Baan Klong Ruo pier in Nua Khlong, wielding large signs that read: “Protect Krabi from coal-power plant” and waving green flags picturing dugong calling for “No coal”. The fishermen were especially opposed to a coal seaport at the pier as part of the power plant project, the Phuket Gazette was told. “About 102.12 square kilometers in this area are wetlands which are protected under the Ramsar Convention [story here],” Alee Channam, leader of the Krabi Kon Rak Lay (Krabi Sea Lovers) Club told the Gazette. “We cannot allow the power plant to be built. Using coal as a power source will affect the environment and our way of life, which depends on fishing. It is also possible that the area would be removed from the [Ramsar] wetlands preservation list.” The protests vowed they would not stop until the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) halts the project. “This is just the beginning. If the EGAT stays on track with the project, we will continue to protest. It will not just be us; everyone who is against the plant will stand up,” said Mr Alee. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
MPEDA to promote mud crab culture in mangroves
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INDIA - Here is some good news for fisherwomen and Self Help Groups (SHGs) interested in cultivating mud crabs in the mangroves in the district. The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is planning to allot funds for SHGs in Nagayalanka, Avanigadda, Machilipatnam and other sea coast mandals to raise mud crabs, also known as mangrove crabs. Mud crabs, raised in mangroves along the coast, have a good demand in Japan, Thailand, China and other countries. Fishermen are exporting quality mud crabs, said MPEDA Chairman Leena Nair. “MPEDA is planning to boost export revenue and export of crabs will certainly help in increasing the country’s Foreign Exchange (FE). We will identify SHGs interested in cultivating mangrove crabs in AP,” said Ms. Nair. READ MORE

Trang forest poaching curbed
THAILAND - Trang authorities took the most-aggressive legal action yet against illegal encroachment of public land in 2014, more than doubling the number of cases launched the prior year.  Monpatra Wangsanuwat, chief of Trang province's natural resources and environment office, said 174 encroachment cases involving 1,225 rai of forest land were begun in 2014. That compares with 73 cases involving 637 rai of land in 2013 and 139 encroachment cases covering 1,053 rai in 2012. He said the crackdown came after the National Council for Peace and Order and the government ordered agencies nationwide to move against against destruction of natural resources. Legal action was taken against poachers backed by large investors. The cases are now in various stages of prosecution, ranging from verification of land rights to court proceedings, he said. READ MORE

Land plan draws on HM's advice
THAILAND - Nakhon Si Thammarat: A mangrove forest project backed by the King in Chanthaburi's Ao Kung Krabane will serve as a role model for a pilot project on land management for the poor in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Mingquan Witchayaransarit, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said the new project involves managing 12,618 rai of mangrove forest in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will run the scheme, drawing on lessons learned from the royal initiative in Ao Kung Krabane, which also involved mangrove forests. VIEW SOURCE
 
GIM students to ‘evaluate’ mangroves
INDIA - A group of first year management students of the Goa Institute of Management at Sakhali, as part of an academic project, are trying to assess the value of Goa's precious mangrove cover in monetary terms. The students are using a new method known as contingent valuation. The idea is to help Goans realize the worth of its natural asset. "When we started working on the project, we asked different persons living around the mangrove vegetation if the growth was valuable to them," Princy Sethia, a student, told TOI. "Some, like fishermen, said that it was valuable to them as fish use this cover as breeding grounds, whereas others like farmers said mangroves are not needed. So we wanted to give it a definite value in terms of money and make locals realize the worth of mangroves in economic terms." The mangrove valuation is part of GIM's 'Give Goa' project, taken up by students in a bid to groom managers who are sensitive to society's and the environment's needs. The project is being done in collaboration with the Porvorim-based Centre for Environment Education, where the students were trained by scientist Sujit Dongre, which first helped them understand the ecology of Goa and the role mangroves play. READ MORE
 
HC encourages satellite imagery to preserve mangroves
INDIA – The Bombay High Court, on 18th February, 2015, directed the Maharashtra State Government to make use of modern technology, such as satellite imagery, to help protect mangroves and wetlands. Division Bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice A S Gadkari said, "The use of modern technology will help the authorities ascertain the nature of destruction, if any." Justice Patil cited a case that he had heard while presiding in an Aurangabad Bench of the High Court, where the Court had ordered the replanting of trees which had been previously felled. At that time, the Court had told the Government to provide satellite images of the planted trees in order to ensure proper compliance with its order. The Court's directions came during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, 'Vanashakti', which alleged that damage had been caused to vast tracts of mangroves and wetlands across the State. The High Court then directed the Government to submit a report on the action taken against people who encroach upon wetlands. READ MORE
 
Assessing the value of Singapore's mangrove swamps
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SINGAPORE - The coastline generally associated with Singapore is one of harbours, ships, artificial beaches and concrete seawalls, all contributing to - and a product of - economic activity. But hidden among the cranes and refineries is a different coastal Singapore, a coast teeming with life. This is a coastline fringed by intertidal mangrove forests and subtidal seagrass meadows, a coast that is home to crocodiles, dolphins, otters, and some of the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. However, Singapore's coastal ecosystems have declined rapidly with urbanisation. While data varies, the country may have lost almost 90 per cent of its mangroves since the 1950s due to land reclamation in the north and south-west. Other coastal ecosystems continue to decline, with recent research suggesting that over 40 per cent of intertidal coral reefs and almost 38 per cent of mudflats and sandflats have been lost in only the last 20 years. READ MORE
 
Belitung boosts tourism with mangroves
INDONESIA - The Forestry Office of Bangka Belitung Province is developing 500 hectares of mangrove forests on Belitung Island to conserve the areas and boost ecotourism. “This year, we are developing the mangrove forest areas in Selat Nasik, Pengantungan, and Tanjung Pandan,” Nazarliyus, the head of the forestry office, said in Pangkalpinang.  He said the mangrove forests on Belitung Island are still not affected by offshore lead mining and encroachment activities. “We are managing the mangrove forests and building the facilities, so that visitors can enjoy the beauty of the island,” Nazarliyus said as quoted by Antara news agency. According to him, the mangrove forest areas in Belitung are still well-conserved, as the administration has formulated policies to protect its biodiversity potential. In contrast, the mangrove forests on Bangka Island have been severely damaged. READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Coastal Areas are exposed to environmental risks
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SIERRA LEON - The Executive Director of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Madam Haddijatou Jallow, on Thursday said most areas along our coastline are exposed to environmental risks. She was speaking at the official opening of the validation workshop of the draft Reports: Coastal Sensitivity Mapping and the State of the Marine Environment at the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources conference hall. The EPA Executive Director added , these two projects; “The State of The Marine Environment Reporting and the Marine and Coastal Oil spill sensitivity mapping”, were initiated in 2014, and frantic efforts have been made with support from experts and partners. She emphasized that both the coastal oil spill sensitivity mapping and the assessment on the State of the Marine and Coastal Environment are key resource management tools that have the potential to enhance our knowledge on the essential steps in addressing the problems they face. READ MORE
 
Editor’s Note: The following story highlights the dangers of rushing in to “save” the environment. Some may disagree with the author’s opinions, but it is interesting to see the evolution of environmental awareness and impacts of conservation on local communities.
Sea cucumbers saving lives: the radical charity giving Madagascan fishing communities hope
MADAGASCAR - Dr Alasdair Harris is a 35-year-old marine ecologist who is changing the way people think about conservation. In November 2013 he went to Washington, DC, to give a presentation at a World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) conference on ‘the power of communities to protect the planet’. ‘I’ve been told that I’ve been billed as an iconoclast,’ he began, before going on to question one of the cornerstones of marine conservation: marine protected areas (MPAs). There are more than 6,500 MPAs – in most cases controlled by national governments – covering nearly three per cent of the world’s oceans. And numbers are increasing rapidly. Dr Harris showed a slide of a marine reserve in Tanzania. ‘An MPA,’ he said, ‘but really, it’s just a paper park. A park in name only. Overfishing is rife. Dynamite fishing is widespread. Sadly, lamentably, this is not an isolated incident.’ Harris and his colleagues at Blue Ventures, the charity he co-founded in 2003, are at the forefront of a new strand of marine conservation that concentrates on people as much as endangered fish or sea turtles. Their core belief is that MPAs can bring benefits, but at a cost. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
To Save Coral Reefs, First Save the Mangroves
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USA - With coral reefs in decline and NOAA calling for a larger protected area for reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Geological Survey scientists are pointing out another strategy to save reefs: First save the mangroves. Mangrove trees' thickets of stilt-like roots protect coastal land from erosion and help mitigate the damage of tsunamis and hurricanes. They may also serve as a haven for corals, according to a recent report in Biogeosciences. (Read more about how mangroves support animal life.) Warming waters have not been kind to coral reefs. Heat causes corals to release the photosynthetic algae that live within and help feed the reefbuilding creatures—a phenomenon called bleaching, which is often fatal. In the Caribbean, where bleaching is widespread, more than 50 percent of the area that was covered by reefs in the 1970s is no longer. In the mangroves of Hurricane Hole on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, however, Caroline Rogers of the USGS made a startling discovery. Growing among the tree roots were more than 30 coral species, including four threatened species. Some of the older corals must have survived bleaching that devastated the nearby reefs, suggesting the mangroves protected them. READ MORE
 
Environmentalists rally against permit to cut mangroves
USA - Carrying signs and signing a petition, dozens of protesters rallied along the side of Manatee Avenue near the bridge to Anna Maria Island. They're upset about plans to cut some mangroves from around Perico Island to make room for four houses on 3 and a half acres of land. "We're talking four houses, just a drop in the bucket, that's true -- but it's acres of mangrove habitat," said environmental activist Andy Mele. Mele says if the administrative judge allows development over mangroves, a dangerous precedent could spread. And worst case scenario?
"If you were to remove the mangroves from the shorelines today the gulf ecosystem would crash. It's that critical," Mele said. READ MORE


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Just to let you know that the slight redesign of the homepage is now LIVE. 
Please encourage people to have a look and play around :)
 
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Friday, February 6, 2015

MAP News Issue 357 - Feb 2, 2015

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The MAP News
357th Edition                                February 7, 2015


FEATURE STORY

Sand mining killing mangroves near Thane
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INDIA - Even as the world celebrated World Wetlands Day on Feb 2, destruction of the coastal ecosystem continues in and around Mumbai. This comes almost a year after the Bombay high court (HC) ordered an interim ban on construction and reclamation of wetlands. Every year, February 2 is observed as World Wetlands Day, to mark the adoption of the Ramsar Convention 1971, which is an intergovernmental treaty providing the framework for national action and international cooperation for wetland conservation in India. This time around, it’s along the right side of the Kasheli creek bridge on the Thane-Bhiwandi highway where mangroves have been chopped and wetland reclaimed by  dumping debris. “Some local sand miners from Balkum village are reclaiming the wetland to start a sand storage facility,” said Nandakumar Pawar of non-government organisation Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan, which has written to the state mangrove cell. With sand mining at the Kasheli creek, wetlands have been reclaimed over the years to create pathways for trucks that ply sand extracted from the creek. READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
UAE marks World Wetlands Day
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United Arab Emirates - The UAE joined the international community in observing the World Wetlands Day on Feb 2nd, 2015. The day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The World Wetlands Day 2015 was being held under the theme “Wetlands for Our Future – Join us!” Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said in a statement that the UAE were making tremendous efforts to protect and conserve biodiversity in general and terrestrial and marine protected areas, and wetlands in particular, reported Wam, the state news agency. The minister said that collective national plans would have a positive impact on these ecosystems and their economic value and services as well as their economic, social and environmental benefits. READ MORE
 
World Wetlands Day 2015 - Clean-Up Campaign
MAURITIUS - A clean-up campaign at the Pointe d'Esny Wetland was launched Feb 2 in presence of the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr M. Seeruttun to mark World Wetlands Day 2015 commemorated on 2 February. The theme for this year is Wetlands for our Future. The site, which was proclaimed in September 2011, harbours a rich mangrove forest ecosystem which acts as breeding nursery for marine fi and crabs. It plays a vital role in supporting the marine ecosystem. After the Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary and the Blue Bay Marine Park, Pointe d'Esny was designated as a Ramsar Site of International Importance. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in Mauritius in 1997 and since then government agencies, nongovernmental organisations and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Policy on crab farming in mangrove forests
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INDIA - In a bid to boost mangrove conservation, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the forest department to draft a policy to incentivise crab farming in the mangrove forests and make it a viable alternative source of livelihood for fishermen. The Chief Minister released the first batch of 500 crablets in a pond near the Thane creek at Airoli and surveyed the wetlands along Thane creek up to Vashi bridge on Monday. Considered one of the tastiest crab species, the mangrove crab in their natural habitats can grow up to 800 gm within six months, if conditions are ideal, said mangrove cell officials. Sale of crabs earned India around Rs 85 crore in foreign exchange last year and Maharashtra earned Rs 7 crore, said officials from Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA). The CM also wants the mangroves and flamingos along the Thane creek to be protected to enhance the biodiversity in the area and ensure better ecotourism,” said an official from the CMO.  READ MORE
 
P67.45M earmarked for mangrove, beach forest dev’t projects
PHILIPPINES - The government has earmarked P67.45 million this year for massive mangrove-planting activities and beach forest development in targeted coastline areas in the Caraga region to further protect communities from storm surges during onslaughts of typhoons. Alongside the budget allocation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Region 13 (DENR-13) is also set to plant this year 4,845,000 million mangrove seedlings in target areas spanning 1,938 hectares in Northeastern Mindanao, according to DENR-13 Executive Director Nonito Tamayo. In Surigao del Norte alone, a total of 1,206 hectares of areas will be planted with mangroves using a budget of P41.9 million, while Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands will do so in 100 hectares and a P3.48 million allotment each. “Aside from global warming and climate change mitigation, this part of the National Greening Program (NGP) via massive planting of mangrove trees also aims to protect people living along coastlines and shores,” Tamayo said. READ MORE
 
The mangroves of Karachi — facing an existential threat?
PAKISTAN – The most visible and delicate ecosystem of Karachi, a city with a profound coastal environment, is that of the mangrove forests that thrive in the mingled salt and freshwater where the Indus River meets the Arabian Sea. These forests, however, are under existential threat for a number of reasons, particularly along the city coastline. There is untreated municipal waste and industrial pollution causing still-undetermined amounts of damage, there is exploitation of the trees by the area’s communities for use as firewood, building material and fodder and, most alarmingly, there is the chopping down of the forests to make way for coastal development projects. The Pakistani coastline stretches for around 990 kilometres, with the Exclusive Economic Zone – the sea zone in which the state has special rights over marine resources – covering an area of about 240,000 square kilometres. READ MORE
 
Sunderban mangrove has components to cure Type 2 diabetes
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BANGLADESH - Sundari trees, the most extensively found mangrove species in the Sunderbans, have some components which can bring down the level of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study. Conducted over a period of five years, the study "Identification of Anti-Diabetic compounds from Sunderban Mangrove" by the scientists of R G Kar Medical College and hospital in West Bengal government, has claimed to have found that various parts of these trees from leaves to aerial roots contain components to maintain the blood sugar level in Type 2 diabetics patients. "It has been revealed for the first time that Sundari trees which are quite abundant in Sunderbans region have high anti-diabetic components which can be very useful in curing Type 2 diabetics. We will soon apply for patent," said Anjan Adhikari, the lead scientist of the project. READ MORE
 
Airoli to get bird-watching centre, mangrove tourism project
INDIA - Bringing cheer to those interested in eco-tourism, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has given his approval to a project that will turn the area near Airoli creek into a tourist spot. Fadnavis toured the mangrove areas earlier this week and said that mangrove tourism will be given a push in the area and a bird-watching centre will also be developed. Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik has been demanding that the area be developed for tourism purposes. “The area near the creek will be declared as a protected one and it will be developed as a tourist spot,” said Fadnavis. Naik, who accompanied the chief minister, informed him that various species of birds, including flamingoes, were found near the creek. He has demanded that this area be developed as a bird-watching area. Naik had also pushed for the development of mangrove tourism in Airoli since it has a diverse marine ecology. READ MORE
 
Wetlands play a vital role for human survival, biological diversity
PAKISTAN - Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Sunday said that conserving wetlands and protecting them from any damage was critical for their sustainability, as these water bodies play a vital role for environmental services, human survival, biological diversity and mitigating floods. In a statement on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day being marked under the international theme “Wetlands for Our Future”, the minister highlighted that the theme of this year’s Wetlands Day highlights unprecedented significance of wetlands for a better tomorrow. Mushahidullah said wetlands constitute lakes, marshes, peatlands, wet grasslands, streams and rivers. Underscoring significance of the wetlands, he said, “wetlands not only purify and replenish our water and provide the fish that feed hundreds of millions of people, but they also act as a natural sponge against flooding and drought as well as protect our coastlines.”
 
AMERICAS
 
Red Mangrove swamps declared at risk
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VENZUELA - Thousands of hectares of mangroves are in a total state of vulnerability in Venezuela. The alert was directed to the environmental community and the authorities of the national government by Henderson Hill, executive secretary of the Association for Environmental Preservation in Falcon ( AEPA -Falcón ). Hill was speaking at a special meeting held on International Day of Wetlands, February 2nd. The management specialist on ecosystem of marshes and member of the International Mangrove Network warned that this situation could result to the Venezuelan nation being listed in the Montreux record, which is responsible for keeping a detailed records of these critical spaces which are endangered as a result of technological developments , pollution or other human interference. READ MORE (en espanol)
 
Editor’s note: We rely on our friends working Central America to closely monitor such an unusual joint venture.
Energy firm, army, stakeholders establish mangrove nursery
EL SALVADORE -  Growing mangrove trees and sustaining the availability of its seedlings are the efforts of the stakeholders in Misamis Oriental in protecting the environment and conserve the marine life along the Macajalar Bay. Recently, energy firm Steag State Power Inc. (SPI), the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA) and the 4th Infantry Diamond Division (4ID) in collaboration with the local government of El Salvador City, have heightened the mangrove growing activity along the eastern shores of the province. SPI with its environmental protection program donated to this city an initial amount of P 127,000 for the establishment of a mangrove nursery at Barangay Molugan here for the propagation of seedlings to support the 15 member local government units belonging to the MBDA for their future planting activities. READ MORE
 
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World Wetlands Day Statement from Dr. Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention
SWITZERLAND - With our theme this year as “Wetlands for our Future”, we want to highlight the choices ahead of us all, considering the all-too-real threat to wetlands around the world. Latest research indicates that over 64% of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed since 1900, and in some regions, notably Asia, the loss is even higher. This rapid decline means that access to fresh water is worsening for almost two billion people worldwide, while flood control, disaster risk reduction, carbon storage and traditional wetland livelihoods are all suffering and our futures with them. In addition to loss of water and other wetlands services, the richness of wildlife - our biodiversity - has also been affected. Populations of freshwater species have declined by 76% in the last forty years, according to WWF’s Living Planet Index, and this is a worse prospect than any other place on earth. What is driving this loss? Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland; something to be drained, filled and converted to other purposes. READ MORE

LAST WORD(S)
Dear Monica,
 
I'm very excited and grateful to know that one of the artwork from Malaysia was selected to the MAP's 2015 International Children's Art Calendar. Thank you very much for sending us the beautiful calendars as well as the certificates.
 
For your information, we have organised a simple awards ceremony for the young winners during a mangrove art exhibition for celebrating World Wetlands Day 2015. Please check the newspaper articles (in Chinese) about the mangrove art competition and awards ceremony.
 
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I hope you all enjoyed the sharings. Thanks again and wish MAP family a happy World Wetland Day!    
 
Regards
Yun Yun
Nature Classroom
Penang, Malaysia


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Information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
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CALLING FOR MANGROVE ART SUBMISSIONS!
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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Order your 2015 Calendar
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Red Manglar declaró en riesgo a ciénagas del país


De los cinco espacios de manglares venezolanos dos están en inminente peligro. (Foto Cortesía)
Red Manglar declaró en riesgo a ciénagas del país

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VENEZUELA : En Venezuela miles de hectáreas de manglares están en un total estado de vulnerabilidad. El alerta está dirigido por igual hacia la comunidad ambientalista como a las autoridades del Gobierno nacional, así lo advirtió Henderson Colina, secretario ejecutivo de la Asociación para la Preservación Ambiental de Falcón (AEPA-Falcón), a propósito de celebrarse este lunes el Día Mundial de los Humedales.
El especialista en el manejo del ecosistema de ciénagas e integrante de la Red Manglar Internacional alertó que esta situación puede traer como consecuencia que la nación venezolana sea introducida en el registro Montreux, encargado de llevar un minucioso récord de estos espacios en los que se han producido, se está ocasionando o se pueden generar cambios en las características ecológicas como consecuencia del desarrollo tecnológico, la contaminación o de cualquier otra intervención del hombre.
Montreux se creó para identificar sitios prioritarios a los efectos de una atención nacional e internacional positiva en materia de conservación. Sus líneas directrices especifican los procedimientos para incluir o retirar escenarios naturales bajo un régimen de protección trazados en acuerdos como Ramsar, es decir la convención relativa a los humedales de importancia internacional especialmente como Hábitat de Aves Acuáticas, firmada en la ciudad de Ramsar (Irán) el 18 de enero de 1971.
A su vez, la misión de la Convención Ramsar es la conservación y el uso racional de los humedales mediante acciones locales y nacionales, gracias a la cooperación internacional, como contribución al logro de un desarrollo sostenible en todo el mundo.
Acciones como que el Gobierno venezolano, se ha ausentado de las últimas tres reuniones Ramsar, así como la omisión del envío de los informes nacionales que sobre el tema debe consignar anualmente, además de no contar con un comité nacional de humedales, abren paso a la realización de un expediente Montreux para una nación interesada en profundizar en el ecoturismo.
Venezuela fue uno de los países fundadores de la Comisión que dirige la Red Manglar y principal cooperador en la ceración de la norma que regula la referida convención en las Américas, precisó el experto en ecosistema manglar.
Actualmente el cuidado y preservación de los humedales en Venezuela está en manos de organizaciones no gubernamentales y la comunidad ambientalista, entre ellas Red Manglar Internacional, Capítulo Venezuela y AEPA Falcón, cuyos miembros realizan un sinfín de actividades en todo el territorio nacional, para sembrar conciencia sobre la importancia de estos espacios y su rol en la preservación del planeta.

En peligro la Restinga y Cuare

Colina precisó que las zonas Ramsar que mayor peligro corren en el país son las ubicadas en Laguna de La Restinga en Nueva Esparta, así como en las inmediaciones del Refugio de Flora y Fauna de Cuare en Falcón. El pasado año 2014, las comunidades autóctonas de escenarios de humedales como la laguna de La Restinga denunciaron en reiteradas ocasiones, pese a la amenaza de muerte que aún pesa sobre sus hombros, la tala indiscriminada de manglares para la construcción del segundo puente en esta zona ubicada en la isla de Margarita del estado Nueva Esparta. El representante de la Red Manglar Venezuela destacó que, en su momento, tuvo la oportunidad de presenciar como con maquinaria especializada fueron taladas varias hectáreas de manglar en un sitio Ramsar de estos espacios naturales neoespartanos. Desde hace unos cinco años, tanto las ONG como la comunidad vecina y algunos concejales del municipio Monseñor Iturriza de Falcón, advierten sobre el efecto devastador que sobre los humedales asentados en el Refugio de Flora y Fauna de Falcón ha ocasionado su tala para la construcción de viviendas. De los espacios tomados para tal fin, solo 20% ha sido desalojado en un intento por recuperar un ecosistema que puede tardar varías décadas en restablecerse. Venezuela tiene cinco sitios Ramsar que incluyen dos refugios de fauna y tres parques nacionales. En teoría estas áreas se encuentran protegidas tanto por las leyes de Venezuela como por la Convención Ramsar, en la que participan 135 países del mundo. En la práctica el país está a punto de ingresar a una lista negra por el deterioro de dos de estos escenarios.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

MAP News Issue 356 - January 24, 2015

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The MAP News
356th Edition                                January 24, 2015


FEATURE STORY
Honey hit in Coringa mangroves
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INDIA - The indiscriminate use of pesticide in its adjacent farmlands has taken a toll on the honey production in the Coringa mangroves. Coringa, located near to Kakinada, is considered to be the second largest mangrove in India after the Sundarbans in West Bengal. Bhitarkanika in Odisha is in third place when it comes to the size. Spread in an extent of 333 square kilometres, the Coringa mangrove has been the home for a wide range of flora and fauna. The honey production in Coringa is much lesser when compared to that of the Sundarbans and the Bhitarkanika. Moreover, the production has been on the decline year after year, which has prompted the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation to work on the casuarina plantation in Coringa to improve its density. “Unlike Sundarbans and Bhitarkanika, agriculture fields are located very close to the Coringa. As the honey bees are known for their relentless travel, they happen to get affected by the pesticides being used by the farmers. As a result, there has been a visible drop in the honey production,” R. Ramasubramaniyan, senior scientist from the foundation told The Hindu .  READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Shell Will Pay Over $84 Million to Nigerians Whose Community it Destroyed
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NIGERIA -Royal Dutch Shell has finally agreed to an $84 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two oil spills that occurred six years ago. Lawyers for 15,600 Nigerian fishermen say their clients will receive $3,300 each for losses caused by the spills. The remaining $30 million will be left for the community, which law firm Leigh Day says was “devastated by the two massive oil spills in 2008 and 2009.” Interestingly, the settlement avoids Shell having to defend a potentially embarrassing London high court case, which had been scheduled to start shortly. These were among the biggest spills in decades of oil exploration in Nigeria, and thousands of hectares of mangrove were affected in the southern Ogoniland region. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Sundarbans Oil Spill: An Urgent Wake Up Call for the Bangladeshi Government
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BANGLADESH - Another day, another calamity wrought by the fossil fuels industry. The latest? Over 75,000 gallons of oil spilled out of a downed tanker and into the Sundarban Delta straddling Bangladesh and India. A UNESCO-protected world heritage site, the Sundarbans are the world's largest tidal mangrove forest, and, as home to hundreds of endangered Bengal tigers and riverine Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, it is one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. Transporting tens of thousands of gallons of oil through one of the most fragile and magnificent ecosystems on Earth -- what could go wrong? It seems that no one at the Padma Oil Company bothered to ask. In the absence of any concerted government clean-up effort, the post-atrocity game plan, so far, has desperate, unprotected, and ill-equipped villagers sponging, spooning, and netting oil out of the water. READ MORE
 
Editor’s Note­­ ‑ This is a rather disturbing news post in that our efforts to reduce shrimp consumption in the EU and Europe may be offset by China's increasing appetite for the world's shrimp. This can lead to a shortage of shrimp destined for the EU and N. America, thus catalyzing an expansion of shrimp production to feed both China and the other shrimp importing nations. And the indebtedness of so many nations to China's loans is also giving China big economic bargaining power!
Ecuador shrimp firms road show in Beijing
ECUADOR - Ecuadorian seafood companies were in China last week courting new buyers in a new push for the China market, which could squeeze western buyers out of Ecuadorian supply lines. A trade fair in a Beijing hotel on 7 January facilitated one-on-one meetings between 30 Ecuadoran companies and Chinese counterparts, according to the Ecuador embassy in Beijing and the China Aquatic Products Processing & Marketing Association (CAPPMA), a trade body. The companies were selling refrigerated fish and prawns as well as tuna and fish oil and fishmeal, according to an introduction to the conference provided in Mandarin to Chinese buyers. With exports of shrimp to China up by a massive 104 percent year-on-year in the first four months of 2014 (according to data from Ecuador’s trade office in China) the companies travelled to Beijing in a trade delegation with Ecuador President Rafael Correa — a visit with an added urgency given the country’s export revenues are suffering from falling prices for oil, a key export. READ MORE
 
Belitung boosts tourism with mangroves
INDONESIA - The Forestry Office of Bangka Belitung Province is developing 500 hectares of mangrove forests on Belitung Island to conserve the areas and boost ecotourism. “This year, we are developing the mangrove forest areas in Selat Nasik, Pengantungan, and Tanjung Pandan,” Nazarliyus, the head of the forestry office, said in Pangkalpinang recently. He said the mangrove forests on Belitung Island are still not affected by offshore lead mining and encroachment activities. “We are managing the mangrove forests and building the facilities, so that visitors can enjoy the beauty of the island,” Nazarliyus said as quoted by Antara news agency. According to him, the mangrove forest areas in Belitung are still well-conserved, as the administration has formulated policies to protect its biodiversity potential. READ MORE
 
Fishermen Power Regenerates Mangroves
INDIA – With gale wind and tidal inundation threatening their very existence, fishermen communities on the shoreline of Chilika lagoon have taken to regenerating mangrove plantations which faced a wipe-out in the last decade and a half. So far, over 40 hectare of mangrove in Puri’s Arakhakuda village, lying between the Bay of Bengal and the brackish water lagoon, have been re-introduced. While mangroves act as a bio-shield from natural calamities, Phailin was almost devastated last of the coastal plantations two years back, leaving the shoreline habitations exposed to nature’s vagaries. Under Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP), the Government made a move to persuade villagers, mostly fisherfolks, to go for mangrove regeneration. The villagers played an active role in identification of the sites where the plantations were taken up. Importantly, locations outside forest areas were chosen for the exercise. READ MORE
 
Fencing to protect mangroves from garbage
INDIA - The mangrove cell has stepped in to save mangroves of Lokhandwala-Oshiwara area after it was found that the garbage from the dumping of waste in an area owned by the civic body appeared to be spilling over into the surrounding mangroves. The cell has asked the civic ward to construct fencing around their operational area and clean the mangroves at the earliest. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) operates a two-acre ‘refuse transfer station’ area near the Versova lagoon surrounded by mangroves. At a refuse transfer station, garbage from nearby areas are brought in by smaller garbage vehicles and get transferred to the bigger vehicles that take the garbage to the dumping grounds. Following complaints, members of the mangrove cell visited the area and observed that garbage from the area went into the mangroves due to wind, affecting the mangroves. READ MORE
 
MAP’s Marvellous Mangroves in Bangladesh
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BANGLADESH - Culminating one of the busiest years ever, MAP’s Marvellous Mangroves curriculum straddled the year break and began 2105 in the amazing Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh. A quick recap of 2014 shows Education Director Martin Keeley visiting Kenya early on where initial work has started on translating into Swahili and adapting Marvellous Mangroves for schools in that country. Later in January he visited Freeport, Bahamas, where students and teachers enjoyed a two-­‐day workshop. The summer started with a joint workshop held in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, with co-sponsors Blue Forests. Founder Ben Brown organised the translation and adaptation of Marvellous Mangroves for use in Indonesia, and it was launched at a 3-day teachers’ workshop at PPLH Puntondo, Takala, South Sulawesi with 30 teachers attending as well as a surprise afternoon visit from 15 schoolchildren (grades 5‑7). READ MORE

AMERICAS
 
Charting the plastic waters
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USA - The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” lies off the coast of California. But it is not the only place where a system of rotating ocean currents, known as gyres, concentrate floating material, particularly plastic detritus dumped into the sea or washed out from rivers. There is an awful lot of it: at least 268,940 tonnes, a new report estimates. And there may well be even more, mostly invisible to the eye, because the patches of rubbish appear to work like giant shredders, breaking plastic items down into tiny pieces which are then widely dispersed through the world’s oceans with potentially devastating consequences for wildlife. Marcus Eriksen, of the Five Gyres Institute in Los Angeles, worked with an international team of colleagues to build an oceanographic model of floating debris to estimate the amount of plastic in the sea. READ MORE
See out last word below
 
Latest version of the NOAA oil in mangroves released
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recently released its newest publication intended to assist those who work in spill response and planning in regions where mangrove ecosystems are an important part of the coastline. By understanding the basic of the ecology of these forests and learning from past oil spills in mangroves, we can better plan for, protect, and respond to spills that may threaten them. Mangroves often border coastlines where coral reefs live offshore, and these two ecosystems are closely linked. Mangroves filter and trap excess sediment that could harm coral, and coral reefs protect shorelines where mangroves grow from excessive wave energy. Both habitats can be adversely impacted by oil spills, and spill responders must often consider tradeoffs between land-based and offshore resources during a response. VIEW DOCUMENT
 
Environmentalists to protest mangrove trimming
USA - The Sierra Club and other environmentalists protested outside the Palma Sola Bay Club condo development still under construction in the 3400 block of Bradenton's 77th Street West. Andy Mele, chairman of the Sierra Club's Sarasota Conservation Committee, said he hopes to get 20 to 30 people at the 4 p.m. demonstration to “shame the developers for killing mangroves on their property.” Terri Wonder, a former County Commission candidate, ManaSota-88 representative Barbara Hines and others complained to the Manatee County Planning Commission on Thursday that illegal cutting of mangroves occurred at the development's conservation easement on Palma Sola Bay. They asked the advisory panel not to proceed with the developer's request to add an observation deck at the bay in the vicinity of those mangroves. READ MORE
 
OCEANA
 
Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Network Conference
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AUSTRALIA - The University of Wollongong is proud to host the 1st Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference (AMSN). With a theme of ‘Working with Mangrove and Saltmarsh for Sustainable Outcomes’, the conference will build upon the momentum established at the Australian Mangrove Society Meeting held in Townsville last year. This year’s symposium to be held February 23 – 25, 2015. For registration and program details please CLICK HERE


LAST WORD(S)

Editor’s note – this email was received along with the link to the article “Charting the plastic waters” above.

Hi Alfredo,
I tell people to Question Their Shrimp!  I am a co author of the study (Charting the plastic waters) on plastic in the oceans. They used our data among others.  I think the estimate is way low.
I’ll be speaking at the University of Puget Sound on March 3 and showing our month long trip to the garbage patch this summer where I found an actual island of plastic that I walked on and mapped.
 
Ciao,
 
Charles Moore cmoore@algalita.org

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