Saturday, October 11, 2014

MAP News Issue 349 - October 11, 2014

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Partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources.

The MAP News
349th Edition                                October 11, 2014

Action Alerts:

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Mexican Everglades Threatened
A great threat looms over EVERGLADES NATIONAL largest mangrove area in the Mexican Pacific due to the interest of building the project: Canal Centenary and hydroelectric Las Cruces, in the state of Nayarit. Please spread this open letter to the President of the Mexican United States where we request the cancellation of the project. READ MORE
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Information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
SEE DETAILS MANGROVE/SHRIMP
CBEMR work on Klang Island, Krabi is Finally Underway – MORE INFO

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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The importance of restoring mangroves in an effective, long-term manner. Mangrove video - VIEW

Please view our new video for our Question Your Shrimp Consumer/Markets Campaign! It is now on our website under the Question Your Shrimp section heading. WATCH VIDEO

Mangrove Restoration in Asia – Watch Short Video
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READ A MOSAIC OF LIFE” Peek into the underwater world of mangroves, "womb of the sea." By Liz Cunningham Photos By Wes Matweyew and Liz Cunningham

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“Education In The Mangroves" can now be seen on the  PhotoPhilanthropy website here!

Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.
By Martin A. Keeley, Education Director, Mangrove Action Project
Read this 10 page history of the development of MAP’s educational curriculum VIEW DOCUMENT

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Education In The Mangroves
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FEATURED STORY
UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests
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The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives. In a new report launched today at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, held in Athens, Greece, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned that the deforestation of the planet’s mangroves was exceeding average global forest loss by a rate of three to five times, resulting in economic damages of up to $42 billion annually and exposing ecosystems and coastal habitats to an increased risk of devastation from climate change. “The escalating destruction and degradation of mangroves – driven by land conversion for aquaculture and agriculture, coastal development, and pollution – is occurring at an alarming rate, with over a quarter of the earth’s original mangrove cover now lost,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “This has potentially devastating effects on biodiversity, food security and the livelihoods of some of the most marginalized coastal communities in developing countries, where more than 90 per cent of the world’s mangroves are found,” he added. READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Study demonstrates value of mangroves for Liberia
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LIBERIA – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study for Liberia should focus on revealing the economic and cultural benefits gained from conservation or restoration of wetlands in five study sites along the coast of Liberia. This was the recommendation of 18 participants attending the TEEB Scoping Workshop for Liberia held in the country’s capital Monrovia from 10 to 11 June 2014, to identify policy questions that the TEEB country study would inform. Nearly 58% of the population of Liberia lives within 40 miles of the coast, dotted with mangroves, forests and reeds that extend up to 25 miles inland. Local communities in particular depend on mangroves for fish, wood for fuel and as a buffer against coastal flooding. Unfortunately mangroves suffer from continual degradation mainly caused by urbanization and agricultural expansion, fuel wood harvesting, mining, as well as limited institutional presence and capacity to ensure their protection. “Very little of the national budget is allocated to conservation efforts in Liberia and this is because policy makers know very little about conservation and sustainable use of natural resources”, said J.S.Datuama Cammue, Official of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
“Shrimp rush” damages protective forests in central coastal provinces
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VIETNAM - The movement to develop shrimp hatcheries has become stronger than ever in the coastal communes of Ha Tinh Province. Dozens of hectares of casuarinas forest in coastal areas have been chopped down to clear land for the so-called “clean shrimp hatchery on sand”. When reporters visited Ky Phuong Commune of Ky Anh District, they saw machines leveling the ground to make room for shrimp ponds next to the coast. Two months ago, the trees in the land area, which was a casuarinas forest, were felled. Many local residents gathered there trying to protect the trees from being cut. However, they were reportedly moved away by “competent agencies’ officers” to create favorable conditions for deforestation. A man in Ba Dong Hamlet said he was shocked that the local authorities agreed to the deforestation. “The forest was planted by our fathers and grandfathers many years ago. It has prevented damage from sand and storms and protected the villages. In the past, we would be heavily punished even if we cut one tree branch,” he said. READ MORE
 
Finding a level playing field for mangroves
INDONESIA – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them. As you move landward from the sea, the amount of salt dissolved in the water decreases. The waters become less saline and more brackish, as seawater increasingly mixes with fresh water from rivers and other inland sources. Change the sea level by even centimeters, and that hidden gradient of salinity will be immensely altered. Mangrove plants are rooted in this water. They are highly adapted to the salinity and frequency of inundation by sea water from tides. There are dozens of species with various coping mechanisms. If sea levels rise, to do anything meaningful to tackle the results, we need to know in some detail where sea level actually is, or was. We also need to know how mangroves play their roles, and react to tides and moving sediments. It may not be at all obvious. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Mangrove Action Project Receives Disney Conservation Grant
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USA - Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been awarded a $24,300.00 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Mangrove Action Project’s efforts to educate young people throughout the world on the vital importance of mangrove wetlands, in this instance the focus is on introducing MAP’s “Marvellous Mangroves” curriculum to Bangladeshi schools. “Bangladesh is the twelfth country throughout the world where MAP has begun the process of translating, adapting, researching and introducing “Marvellous Mangroves” – a 300-page curriculum linked teaching resource guide,” said MAP Global Education Director Martin Keeley. “The Disney grant will enable us to complete this exciting program for the home of and inspire local people to protect the magnificent Sundarbans mangrove forest.” In the past twelve years, thousands of teachers and over 250,000 students in eleven countries worldwide have learned through exciting hands-on science the wonders of tropical mangrove wetlands through the Mangrove Action Project. The expansion and adaptation of MAP’s innovative education program into Bangladesh will include recent additions focusing on restoration, ecotourism and research. The Marvelous Mangroves Teachers' Resource Guide will become the core of community understanding of mangrove ecology.  READ MORE
 
Mangrove Habitats Protect Corals From Climate Change
US VIRGIN ISLANDS - Certain types of corals, invertebrates of the sea that have been on Earth for millions of years, appear to have found a way to survive some of their most destructive threats by attaching to and growing under mangrove roots. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and Eckerd College recently published research on a newly discovered refuge for reef-building corals in mangrove habitats of the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 30 species of reef corals were found growing in Hurricane Hole, a mangrove habitat within the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument in St. John. Corals are animals that grow in colonies, forming reefs over time as old corals die and young corals grow upon the calcium carbonate or limestone skeletons of the old corals. Coral reefs make up some of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth, and face many threats such as coastal pollution, dredging and disease. However, some of their most widespread threats involve warming ocean temperatures, solar radiation and increased ocean acidification. READ MORE
 
Mangrove proposal among 2014 Climate CoLab Winners
USA - Climate CoLab, a project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI), released 34 winning proposals that outline effective actions to combat climate change (editor - among the winners was a proposal to create community mangrove nurseries). “What makes these proposals unusual is that they weren’t hashed out in oak paneled conference rooms at elite international meetings,” says MIT Professor Thomas Malone, Director of CCI and Principal Investigator for the Climate CoLab. “These proposals were conceived and developed by people from many different backgrounds from all over the world and then selected as sound ideas by respected science and policy experts.” The Climate CoLab, an online platform designed to allow anyone in the world to submit plans for how to respond to climate change, now has more than 32,000 members from over 120 countries. In addition to contributing ideas, community members can also comment on, support and join teams working on proposals to help develop them further. READ MORE

EUROPE
 
Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion Annually
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NETHERLANDS - Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 - 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action launched at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, describes how emissions resulting from mangrove losses make up nearly one-fifth of global emissions from deforestation, resulting in economic damages of some US$6 - 42 billion annually. Mangroves are also threatened by climate change, which could result in the loss of a further 10 - 15 per cent of mangroves by 2100. Found in 123 countries and covering 152,000 square kilometers, over 100 million people around the world live within 10 kilometres of large mangrove forests, benefiting from a variety of goods and services such as fisheries and forest products, clean water and protection against erosion and extreme weather events. READ MORE

LAST WORD(S)
 
Dear adventurers,
 
I'd like to invite you to join me in launching a creative exploration of our ancient evolutionary origins. By climbing through the branches of a pristine tropical forest, we get an incredible workout, and a way to re-experience what our own primate ancestors felt as they climbed through the trees millions of years ago.
 
This adventure will take place in a living jungle gym: the mangrove forests on the west coast of Mexico, this December 8th-18th (dates of participation are flexible). We'll be camping on a beautiful beach with a restaurant nearby. I did this trip last year and it was fantastic. I'm asking participants to cover their own costs, but I'm not charging any money for guiding this trip.
 
Watch my 2-minute video invitation at http://bit.ly/1qKFjq6, and respond to me at mangroving@gmail.com to learn more and reserve your spot! Please feel free to forward this email to absolutely anyone you think might be interested. You can learn more details about the project at www.mangroving.com.
 
Thank you!
Jonathan
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Mangrove Action Project Receives Disney Conservation Grant


PORT ANGELES, WA: 15 September 2014:  Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been awarded a $24,300.00 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Mangrove Action Project’s efforts to educate young people throughout the world on the vital importance of mangrove wetlands, in this instance the focus is on introducing MAP’s “Marvellous Mangroves” curriculum to Bangladeshi schools.



“Bangladesh is the twelfth country throughout the world where MAP has begun the process of translating, adapting, researching and introducing “Marvellous Mangroves” – a 300-page curriculum linked teaching resource guide,” said MAP Global Education Director Martin Keeley. “The Disney grant will enable us to complete this exciting program for the home of and inspire local people to protect the magnificent Sundarbans mangrove forest.”

In the past twelve years, thousands of teachers and over 250,000 students in eleven countries worldwide have learned through exciting hands-on science the wonders of tropical mangrove wetlands through the Mangrove Action Project. The expansion and adaptation of MAP’s innovative education program into Bangladesh will include recent additions focusing on restoration, ecotourism and research. The Marvelous Mangroves Teachers' Resource Guide will become the core of community understanding of mangrove ecology. 

In Bangladesh, MAP is teaming with the Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN, formerly Humanity Watch) which has several decades of successes behind it and concentrates its efforts on the southwest coastal zone of Bangladesh.  With a special focus on the Sundarbans, CLEAN has an strong track record of working with communities in the world’s largest mangrove forest. MAP's education program will reinforce CLEAN’s philosophies of local community involvement. While focusing specifically on the Mangrove Curriculum, it is essential to recognize that MAP's principales of conservation and& restoration have many years of successful implementation in the communities the group serves.
              
The Disney funding will allow the production and publication of Marvelous Mangroves in Bangladesh as well as enabling enable the operation facilitation of several teachers’ workshops incorporating Marvellous Mangroves into the existing schools curriculum.

According to Hasan Mehedi, CLEAN’s Chief Executive, the Sundarbans region is included in both the UN’s World Heritage Sites, and Ramsar’s critical wetlands. “The mangrove forest here plays a crucial role in reducing the vulnerabilities of climate change including cyclones, coastal flooding and tidal surges,” says Mr. Mehedi. “It also acts as one of the world’s largest fish breeding sites which contributes to the livelihoods of over100,000 fisher folk. Around one million people depend on the Sundarbans for their lives and livelihoods,” he adds.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund focuses on protecting wildlife and connecting kids and families with nature. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has provided more than $25 million to support conservation programs in 114 countries. Projects were selected to receive awards based upon their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect species and habitats, and connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 1,000 conservation programs in 112 countries with over $25 million in contributions. The DWCF is focused on supporting nonprofit organizations that provide expertise and solutions to make positive conservation impacts worldwide.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature visit www.disney.com/conservation.

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About The Mangrove Action Project: Witnessing firsthand the rapid devastation of the world’s mangrove forest wetlands and their associated coastal ecosystems, the founders of the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) decided in 1992 that it was time to form a global network to address the problems of mangrove loss worldwide. MAP has grown steadily during the last 20 + years to become a respected member of the global environmental movement.  MAP's international network has grown to include over 500 NGOs and 350 scientists and academics from over 60 nations.  In recent years, MAP has transformed from a network-and advocacy focused organization into one still involved in advocacy, but with programs and activities on the ground, supported through local offices in Thailand and Indonesia, as well as close partner groups in S. Asia, Latin America and S. Africa.  MAP’s pro-active approach to long-term mangrove conservation involves:  education, advocacy, collaboration, conservation and restoration, as well as sustainable community-based development. Learn more at MangroveActionProject.org

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stop development of the Mexican Everglades

 Mexican Everglades Threatened


A great threat looms over EVERGLADES NATIONAL largest mangrove area in the Mexican Pacific due to the interest of building the project: Canal Centenary and hydroelectric Las Cruces, in the state of Nayarit. Please spread this open letter to the President of the Mexican United States where we request the cancellation of the project.  


President of the United Mexican States

Organizations of civil society, local communities, fishermen and women, researchers and activists from twelve countries in Latin America, built at the International Redmanglar make an urgent call to cancel immediately final and revoke authorizations granted and construction of the Canal Centenary and hydroelectric Las Cruces, in the state of Nayarit. These projects threaten human populations that depend on important natural systems and threatens the integrity of the largest mangrove area in the Mexican Pacific as is the system of mangroves and wetlands of Everglades National. The diversion and damming of rivers that feed would generate serious impacts on the biodiversity of this area containing a quarter of Mexico's mangroves, affecting the Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance Ramsar site EVERGLADES NATIONAL.
 
National Wetlands are the heritage of all Mexicans citizens and world heritage due to its international ecological importance. You should know the serious problems facing humanitydue to climate change and its effects, so the conservation and protection of these ecosystems, it is becoming essential to ensure the medium and long term, Mexico will have natural buffers in good condition, to extreme weather events and thereby increase the capacity survival of the most vulnerable human populations. 

Supporting conservation EVERGLADES NATIONAL represents a clear message to local communities, for the same country and the international community that there is interest in protecting the rights of the population and to prioritize the common and collective good instead of special interests and business. 

We at the International Redmanglar wsh to make our call to you as President of the United Mexican States to respect the rights and demands of the people and wixárika náyeri, native peoples and sovereign over their territories, who reject the construction and imposition of these works that threaten the destruction their livelihoods, their lands and traditions and culture. 

We express also our greatest concern about the way in which these projects have been launched; an unclear and behind peoples back is undertaken in the region: disguising briefings consultation process, ignoring their territories, forms of organization and livelihoods, clearly violating the rights of indigenous peoples that the Mexican state has assumed constitutionally and internationally protected in Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Alarm that the opinion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) authorize the works assuming that the environmental impacts are reversible and social impacts invisible, when the technical and scientific opinions SEMARNAT collected the same say otherwise.

The arguments of the Federal Electricity Commission project developer, expressed to communities also demonstrate a lack of understanding of the environmental and social impacts that such projects entail. Express that "we must prevent the river water flowing into the sea waste" denotes ignorance of ecological processes in watersheds expressions fit within a single logic of misrepresentation and manipulation of information, we joined the rejection of these processes. Finally as civil society and the international movement We ask you in your capacity as President of the Mexican nation: Remove the political support for this project by severe impacts; canceled immediately and permanently revoked the authorizations granted and construction of the Canal Centenary and hydroelectric Las Cruces, in the state of Nayarit.

Support and comply with the decisions and wishes of indigenous peoples to live harmoniously in its territory meets the voices as the Intercommunity Council for Sustainable Development Rio San Pedro, the Indigenous Council Nayeri and at least 20 fishing cooperatives, who have rejected the project by threatening their livelihood. so a
lso express the International Redmanglar, together with our allies and members as Redmanglar Mexico, look forward to following this case. We endorse and support náyeri ancestral towns and wixárika, and generally to Mexican neighbors and fighting for the defense of their heritage. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

MAP-Asia Hosts China Mangrove Conservation Network Field Study Tour to Thailand

Mangrove Tour at Leeled CBT

By: Ms Piyapat Nakornchai, GNF Project Manager, Mangrove Action Project

Seven staff from China Mangrove Conservation Network (CMCN) and one representative from Shenzhen Spring Environmental Protection Volunteer Association (SENGO) visited Thailand 16th-25th August 2014 for a field study trip to learn about mangrove and coastal conservation efforts in Thailand. During this 10 days trip, the team, led by the founding director – Dr. Liu Yi, visited numbers of places in Thailand, including MAP-Asia Office and EMR sites in Trang Province, Leeled Community-based Tourism in Surat Thani Province, Kao Sam Roi Yod National Park in Prachuab Khirikan Province, the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park (SIEP) in Petchaburi Province, Amphawa District in Samut Songkram Province, IUCN Asia Regional Office (IUCN ARO) and UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP) in Bangkok, as well as Sea Turtle Conservation Center Royal Thai Navy in Chonburi Province.

The members visited MAP – Asia office in Trang in the morning of 17th August to exchange their experiences about mangrove with MAP – Asia team, and to understand about the different aspects of MAP’s work, as well as threats to mangrove in Thailand. The CMCN group was welcomed by the MAP Asia Coordinator, Jim Enright who led the group in a lively and interesting exchange. In the afternoon, MAP staff Ms Piyapat Nakornchai, Global Nature Fund (GNF) Project Manager, took the group to Sikao District to explore a mangrove nursery and the 3 Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) sites in the area.  The CBEMR project is under the support of the Global Nature Fund, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Foundation Ursula Merz and Synchronicity Earth.  The team had great fun identifying various species of mangrove found in the area with many new ones present.

MAP-Asia coordinator, Jim Enright, with the CMCN group
The next day, on 18th August, the group travelled to Surat Thani Province to spend a night at the Leeled homestay. This Leeled Community-based Tourism (CBT) team had been involved in conservation for a long time, and integrated tourism to promote their conservation activities. After a mangrove boat ride, Thai cooking experience and an authentic firefly boat tour, the CMCN had a chance to ask various questions regarding CBT management from the operating team. They also visited a shrimp paste group and walked along the mangrove boardwalk nearby the next day. Later, the group headed to and arrived at Kao Sam Roi Yot National Park (KSRY NP) in Prachuab Khirikan Province in the evening.

On 19th August, the team went on two boats to observe a fishing community near the national park, and landed on a bay to continue their hike to the famous attraction, Phraya Nakorn Cave. In the afternoon, they cruised along Klong Kao Daeng, (klong means canal) accompanied by an entertaining local guide. Hua Hin was the destination of the day.

Klong Khao Daeng Boat Tour
The following day, the CMCN members received an honor from Dr. Sonjai Havanond, the Deputy Director of SIEP, and Khun Areeporn Sittiyanpaiboon, the Head of Research and Development Group of SIEP, who welcomed the team and provided the information about SIEP’s mangrove conservation efforts, inspired by the Royal members. The CMCN group watched a video about SIEP and Royal Initiatives, walked the mangrove educational trail, and went through several environment- and energy-related exhibitions in the main SIEP building. After SIEP, the group headed to Amphawa District in order to experience another firefly tour, and spent a night there.

On 22nd August the CMCN group travelled to Bangkok to visit the IUCN Asia Regional Office (IUCN ARO), as well as UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP). At the IUCN ARO, the group was welcomed by Dr. Scott Perkin – Head of Natural Resources Group, IUCN Asia and Dr. Robert Mather - Head, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia. Then, they had a chance to learn about Mangrove for the Future (MFF) works from Mr. Raquib Amin – Project Manager of MFF Programme, and later Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan – Country Representative IUCN Thailand shared the stories of the works in Thailand. Afterward, Dr. Liu Yi shared the mangrove conservation work of CMCN to the IUCN Asia team. During this presentation by Dr. Yi, Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji – IUCN Asia Regional Director joined the IUCN team and showed interest in collaborating with the CMCN. This visit was made possible thanks to the coordination of Dr. Saroj Srisai – Programme Coordinator, Natural Resources Group, Asia.

Mangrove Restoration at SIEP
In the afternoon of the same day, the CMCN staff went to the UNEP/ROAP office to gain some knowledge about the UNEP’s works. They also shared their mangrove conservation work in China with the members from UNEP team, which include Mr. Jerker Tamelander – the Head of UNEP Coral Reef Unit, Ms. Angela Lentisco – Ecosystem Management Team, and Mr. Jinhua Zhang – Programme Officer, Science Policy Interface.

The next day, the group departed Bangkok in the morning for Sattahip near Pattaya, where the Sea Turtle Conservation Center Royal Thai Navy locates. They learned about the sea turtle situation in Thailand, and expressed that products made from parts of sea turtles and other wild animals should not be bought by tourists. The following day, some of the crew enjoyed temples in Bangkok, whereas others went to other attractions.

As an organizer of the trip, MAP hopes the team have gained valuable experiences and had a great time in Thailand. We also support the energetic team to keep up their great mangrove conservation work in China.


The following letter was received from CMCN:



Note: MAP has been networking and sharing information with CMCN for over 10 years now and in 2013, Jim Enright of MAP-Asia Coordinator was invited as a guest speaker to a mangrove workshop organized by CMCN in Xiamen, Fujian.  In 2012, Martin Keeley, MAP’s Education Director, introduced MAP's Marvelous Mangrove education curriculum to schools in Xiamen through CMCN facilitation coordination.

MAP NEWS Issue 348, Sept. 27, 2014

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Partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources.

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348th Edition                                Sept. 27, 2014

Mangrove Action Project

Action Alerts:

Mexican Everglades Threatened
A great threat looms over EVERGLADES NATIONAL largest mangrove area in the Mexican Pacific due to the interest of building the project: Canal Centenary and hydroelectric Las Cruces, in the state of Nayarit. Please spread this open letter to the President of the Mexican United States where we request the cancellation of the project. READ MORE
EN ESPANOL


Vote yes for mangrove conservation in Madagascar!
This pioneering project has been shortlisted by EOCA to receive much needed project funding and is now through to the final round – the public vote.  We need your vote to make this project a reality, to build a sustainable future for Madagascar’s mangroves. Voting will close OCT 6. VOTE

Andy Hall could face 7 years in prison for doing something you and I do everyday -- talking about modern slavery.
Stand with Andy Hall: demand that Natural Fruit drop all charges against him and thoroughly investigate and take action to ensure there is no modern slavery or exploitation in their business. SIGN PETITION

CBEMR work on Klang Island, Krabi is Finally Underway – MORE INFO

The survival of the Sundarbans is now at peril as the government is adamant to set up a coal-based power plant (1320 mw) adjacent to the forest. VIEW VIDEO
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 2015 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology.  READ MORE

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Join us in saving our beautiful country!
We hope you have been following the ongoing battle in Bimini, Bahamas.
We are in need of your help more than ever
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Exclusive Interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mangrove Action Project - See more
  
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New information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
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FEATURED STORY
Editors Note: For months we have been following the environmental disaster that looms over the pristine island of Bimini. In this issue we feature several news stories that seem to indicate our voices are being heard, as the natural turning of the tide slowly erodes the movement to overdevelop the island. We must continue to press for conservation and protection of this last pearl.
Anyone For Golf? Not Us, Say Biminites
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BAHAMAS - The mood in Bimini is changing to reflect that the island should not accede to the needs of tourism at all costs, Rashad Rolle writes. Amid conflict in May over the construction of a large pier in North Bimini, former Bimini Chief Councillor Lloyd Edgecombe told The Tribune that the following month’s local government elections on the island would be a referendum on whether Biminites supported recent tourism developments. He seemed sure he would be re-elected While the veteran Bimini politician led protests against similar developments on his island a decade ago because they threatened to destroy the environment, he vocally supported Resort World Bimini’s (RWB) recent ventures, even blasting critics as selfish when their opposition threatened to derail the construction of the 1,000-foot pier. After the votes were tallied, Mr Edgecombe was rejected from office, along with most members of the council who had chosen him to lead. Current local council member Al Sweeting is careful not to reduce that result to a single reason but summed it up like this: “People make changes when they’re dissatisfied.” READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Enhanced Elevation Data to Sharpen Global Focus on Climate Issues
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UNITED NATIONS - In Africa, accurate elevation (topographic) data are vital for pursuing a variety of climate-related studies that include modeling predicted wildlife habitat change; promoting public health in the form of warning systems for geography and climate-related diseases (e.g. malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever); and monitoring sea level rise in critical deltas and population centers, to name just a few of many possible applications of elevation data. On September 23, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior) released a collection of higher-resolution (more detailed) elevation datasets for Africa. The datasets were released following the President’s commitment at the United Nations to provide assistance for global efforts to combat climate change. The broad availability of more detailed elevation data across most of the African continent through the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) will improve baseline information that is crucial to investigating the impacts of climate change on African communities. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Editor’s note:The Lao dam will adversely affect area mangroves as well.
Cambodians oppose Lao dam
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CAMBODIA - Cambodians staged a protest to share the concerns of more than a quarter of a million people who are calling on Laos to suspend construction of the Don Sahong hydropower project on the Mekong River. Cambodian activists hold placards and banners on a boat during the handover of petition signatures against the Don Sahong dam, in Phnom Penh. At the protest Chhith Sam Ath, country director of the World Wide Fund for Nature, said Don Sahong Dam, a 260-megawatt hydropower project, could bring about the demise of important fisheries and critically endangered Mekong dolphins. In June, Laos announced its decision to have the Don Sahong project undergo a Mekong River Commission consultation process. READ MORE
 
Editor’s Note: The importance of mangroves as a carbon sink as a buffer against climate change continues to be a growing interest.  Mangrove, seagrass and tidal marsh ecosystems sequester up to five times more carbon than tropical rainforests, say marine scientists who are calling for their protection . . .   another good reason to protect and restore mangroves.

Here are two recent news items:


Mangrove Forests Key to Carbon Sequestration and Blue Carbon. We at Mangrove Action Project have long contended that so-called "natural disasters" are better called "unnatural disasters" because of the human caused damages to the protective mangrove buffers that have tragically increased the damages and death toll from natural events that would otherwise have been mitigated by the mangroves' living bio-shield. For information, please visit MAP's website.
Mangrove Loss Exacerbated Cyclone Devastation
THAILAND - When researchers surveyed the battered coastlines of Asian countries after the December 2004 tsunami, they stumbled upon an arresting fact – that mangroves can save lives. In Sri Lanka, for instance, one village on the flattened coast revealed a tale that contrasted with the death and destruction all around. Kapuhenwala’s dense mangroves protected its residents and only two deaths occurred there when the South Asian nation accounted for 35,000 of the 220,000 tsunami-related fatalities across 12 Indian Ocean countries. The value of mangroves now haunts Burma which was hit by Cyclone Nargis in the early hours of May 3, resulting in the deaths of over 100,000 people and affecting 2.5 million others. On that night, the storm, with wind speeds of up to 190 km per hour, churned up a sea wall that rose 3.5 m and swept 40 km inland on the flat terrain of the Irrawaddy Delta. READ MORE
 
MAP-Asia Hosts China Mangrove Conservation Network Field Study
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THAILAND - Seven staff from China Mangrove Conservation Network (CMCN) and one representative from Shenzhen Spring Environmental Protection Volunteer Association (SENGO) visited Thailand 16th-25th August 2014 for a field study trip to learn about mangrove and coastal conservation efforts in Thailand. During this 10 days trip, the team, led by the founding director – Dr. Liu Yi, visited numbers of places in Thailand, including MAP-Asia Office and EMR sites in Trang Province, Leeled Community-based Tourism in Surat Thani Province, Kao Sam Roi Yod National Park in Prachuab Khirikan Province, the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park (SIEP) in Petchaburi Province, Amphawa District in Samut Songkram Province, IUCN Asia Regional Office (IUCN ARO) and UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP) in Bangkok, as well as Sea Turtle Conservation Center Royal Thai Navy in Chonburi Province. The members visited MAP – Asia office in Trang in the morning of 17th August to exchange their experiences about mangrove with MAP – Asia team, and to understand about the different aspects of MAP’s work, as well as threats to mangrove in Thailand. READ MORE

Malaysian Sustainable Seafood Guide released
MALAYSIA - Malaysians love seafood and are the biggest consumers of seafood in Southeast Asia. However, did you know that in 40 years we run the risk of not having any seafood to eat, if we continue to consume indiscriminately? Malaysians love seafood and are the biggest consumers of seafood in Southeast Asia. However, did you know that in 40 years we run the risk of not having any seafood to eat, if we continue to consume indiscriminately? Deciding what seafood to order at the restaurant and what to purchase at the supermarket can shape the future of our global marine environment. To educate the public, we have produced a seafood guide that provides information to individual consumers and businesses to help them make sustainable seafood choices. READ MORE

AMERICAS
 
International conservationists alarmed over Bimini development
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BAHAMAS - A group of international conservation experts has expressed serious concern over the environmental impact of ongoing resort construction on and around the island of Bimini. The experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), said they fear the work may destroy some of the most significant coral reefs in the region and put the island’s traditional industries at risk. “The Bahamas are some of the most beautiful and wonderful places in the world,” said Marydele O’Donnely, director of international policy for the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). “I’ve traveled extensively and I have been absolutely amazed by how the habitat looks here. READ MORE
 
Save The Bays urges government to announce Bimini Reserve
BAHAMAS – Environmental advocate Lindsey McCoy has called on government to immediately announce the establishment of the North Bimini Marine Reserve (NMBR) to protect that island’s unique ecological heritage. Noting that more than two months have passed since Bimini’s local council sent a letter asking the Christie administration to honor this longstanding promise, McCoy said there has been no response amid growing fears that the island’s sensitive mangrove forests may be under threat from development. “A recently released image showing a golf course located within the NBMR boundaries has caused serious concern among Biminites,” McCoy said. “This is an area of unparalleled ecological importance, the mangroves providing a nursery for the marine life throughout the northern Bahamas. “It must be protected at all costs, and I call on the Prime Minister to respond to the council and immediately grant their requests.” READ MORE
 
International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations
BRAZIL - On September 21st we celebrated the International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures. This date, that was launched in 2004, in Brazil, by the Alert against the Green Desert Network, serves to create a special moment in the year to denounce the serious negative impacts of the industrial model of timber production on communities and local ecosystems. Year after year, organizations and social movements carry out a number of activities during this month to give visibility to their struggles and to denounce the negative impacts plantations have on their livelihoods and territories. But above all, September 21st is a date to celebrate the resistance and solidarity and to say no more tree monocultures! READ MORE
 
Obama just created an ocean reserve twice the size of California
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USA - On Thursday, President Obama created the world's largest ocean reserve. The new reserve, an enlargement of the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, nearly quadruples the total amount of US ocean territory that's protected from commercial fishing, oil drilling, and other activities. Previously, the monument — a cluster of reserves surrounding seven uninhabited islands south and west of Hawaii — covered about 86,888 square miles. The new monument will cover nearly 490,000 square miles in total, with the gains coming from extending the borders to 200 miles off the coasts of Wake Island, Jarvis Island, and Johnston Atoll. This is as far as the US government is permitted to protect, according to international law. READ MORE

LAST WORD(S)
 
Dear friends and colleagues,
 
A group of individual tourism activists and representatives of civil society groups from six continents, gathered in Istanbul from 28 to 30 August 2014 to discuss human rights, social justice and sustainability concerns in tourism. The outcome of the meeting was the foundation of the Tourism Advocacy and Action Forum as a first step to rebuild an international network and forum for courageous dialogue on tourism impacts and to develop a proactive global tourism advocacy and action platform.
 
Please find TAAF’s Istanbul Statement below.  If you endorse the Statement and you are interested in receiving regular information from TAAF, please email the TAAF Secretariat, c/o Equations, at  info(at)equitabletourism.org  and/or  tim-team at timteam02(at)yahoo.com.
 
Yours truly,
Anita Pleumarom
tourism investigation & monitoring team (tim-team)
P.O. Box 51 Chorakhebua
Bangkok 10230, Thailand
Email: timteam02@yahoo.com
Webpage:  http://www.twn.my/tour.htm
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