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MAP News Issue 393, June 25, 2016

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393rd Edition                               June 25, 2016

FEATURE STORY

Mangroves Can Counter Ocean Acidification
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AUSTRALIA - Researchers discovered that mangrove forests can buffer ocean acidification because they are known to increase the alkalinity of the waters surrounding these ecosystems. The alkaline solutions can counter acidification. The study was printed in Global Biogeochemical Cycles on May 24, 2016. It was authored by James Z. Sippo, Douglas R. Tait, Damien T. Maher and Ceylena Holloway from Southern Cross University, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Lismore and National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, Australia. Ocean acidification can harm the ecosystem just like the "climate change." It is actually referred to as the evil twin of climate change. About one-quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and gas doesn't remain in the air, rather it disperses in the ocean. This decreases pH in a process called ocean acidification. READ MORE

AUSTRALIA

'Zombie corals' pose new threat to world's reefs
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AUSTRALIA - Zombie corals, which look healthy but cannot reproduce, have been discovered by researchers, dashing hopes that such reefs could repopulate areas destroyed by bleaching. Scientists have also found that a common ingredient in sunscreen is killing and mutating corals in tourist spots. The new evidence of harm to corals comes as the most widespread coral bleaching event in recorded history is sweeping the world’s oceans. Water temperatures have been driven up by a run of record-breaking hot years, caused by climate change and the El Niño phenomenon. Very warm water causes corals to lose the algae that normally live inside them and help them feed. Corals in every major reef region have already experienced severe bleaching. About 93% of the reefs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have been affected, and almost a quarter of the reef is now dead. Corals are hotspots of biodiversity and crucial nurseries for fish, upon which 1 billion people rely for nourishment. READ MORE

Exotic honeybees are the only effective pollinators of a temperate mangrove
AUSTRALIA - A few years ago I was approached by Tyge Hermansen, a postgraduate student based at University of Wollongong. He had been making extensive observations on pollinators visiting flowering Avicennia marina, one of two mangrove species found around Sydney. He was trying to determine what organisms were the key pollinators of the mangroves, especially in urban areas where they are now isolated from other patches of native vegetation. He needed assistance identifying insects that he caught while making these observations, both through Museum staff and associates, and from comparison against our collection. As we went through his samples he started talking about his observation that very few of the insects collected at the flowers were transferring any pollen at all, and the vast majority of the insects that did move pollen between flowers in a way that resulted in pollination were introduced honeybees, Apis mellifera. READ MORE

ASIA

Vietnam shrimp farming sector crushed by drought, lack of regulation
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VIETNAM - The prolonged drought and subsequent saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam have damaged more than 81,000 hectares of shrimp breeding ponds in eight provinces, according to that country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). Farmers in Ca Mau Province in the very south of the country, where most of the big shrimp farmers are located, have suffered the biggest losses, followed by farmers and breeders in Kien Giang, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang provinces. Losses incurred in Ca Mau are estimated at VND 260 billion (USD 11.6 million, EUR 10.4 million). Most of the farmers in Ca Mau import shrimp larvae from central Vietnam, where the breeding stations are situated – around Cam Rhanh and Nha Trang. These are sent down to Ca Mau, but can’t survive when the salinity is too high as it is due to the drought. READ MORE

New plans to restore Pulau Ubin and support biodiversity on the island
SINGAPORE - Plans to restore the shoreline on northern Pulau Ubin, build a coastal boardwalk and support the recovery of endangered plants and animals on the island were revealed on Sunday morning. Announcing these initiatives at Pulau Ubin, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee said more must be done to protect the rich biodiversity teeming on Pulau Ubin. Noting that the island has over 720 native plant species and over 500 animal species, including some not found on mainland Singapore, he said: "This is remarkable, but we must do more. "We have plans to restore Ubin's eroding shoreline, which will serve as a base for more of Pulau Ubin's flora and fauna to be restored in the near future." Shoreline restoration was one of the earliest priorities for The Ubin Project, announced in 2014 to generate ideas from the public on how to sustain Ubin's special character. Erosion has badly affected about 40m of the northern part of the island, destroying the habitats of critically endangered species like the Eye of the Crocodile tree and leading to the closure of Noordin Beach - a popular camping site - in 2013 for public safety. READ MORE

26th August marks the 10th anniversary of Phulbari Day
BANGLADESH - This 26th August marks the 10th anniversary of Phulbari Day - the day of rage and the day when three people were killed in the name of dirty coal. In Bangladesh and London, we will be mourning for those killed whilst celebrating ten years of halt to the project. Spectacular start to the Break Free 2016 of global actions against dangerous fossil fuel projects, as Reclaim the Power shut down the biggest open cast coal mine in the UK, in Merthyr Tydfil. Local people explain why so many people oppose an expansion of the mine, and how thousands more jobs could be created in renewables than the paltry 150 at the mine. The German protest was a massive success with over four thousands people joining the march to shut down open cast coal mine. Also the powerful protest in South Wales, which took place between 30 April and 4 May. The Phulbari story comes at the end. READ MORE

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CAMBODIA - Cambodia suffers from one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, with an average of one percent of the country’s forest lost each year. But in an initiative funded by USAID Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB), Winrock International hopes to help solve the problem by launching a free web-based tool aimed at informing environmental policymakers and citizens about the estimated impact of land use policies to the environment. The Watershed Environmental Services Tool (WESTool) is an interactive mapping instrument that compiles published scientific data and water models to estimate how historic and future land usage impacts the environment – from its effects on carbon emissions and soil to people and economies. The tool is designed to help policymakers better understand and measure the costs associated with land development and the long-term effects those decisions will have, not only on surrounding ecosystems, but throughout the country. Michael Netzer, a program officer and ecosystem services analyst at Winrock, highlighted the importance of maintaining a balance between ecosystems and the people and processes which alter them. READ MORE

Mangroves vital for marine ecosystem
INDIA - It is essential to declare mangroves reserve forests in view of their enormous importance in maintaining the marine ecosystem, according to experts. They expressed the opinion at a two-day seminar on mangrove conservation, which concluded here on Thursday. It was organised by the Centre for Mangroves and Coastal Ecology. K Kathiresan of the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology at the Annamalai University said mangroves are ecologically significant and economically important for preserving coastal biodiversity, protecting the coastlines and for increasing fish catch. India has a total area of 4,740 sq km under mangroves, with more than 4,000 species, and “what is required is the restoration of ecosystem services of mangrove areas, with community participation, financial support and strong political will.” P Balakiran, District Collector of Kannur in Kerala, narrated his efforts and travails in getting 600 acres of mangrove area notified and emphasised the need for declaring mangrove areas as reserve forests to protect them. Many lands under mangroves were in private possession and they should also be bought and conserved, he added. He said he had bought 1,200 acres from private owners in Kannur district at ₹2 lakh per acre to conserve mangroves. READ MORE

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Community Groups, Scientists Partner To Restore Saint Lucia Mangroves
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SAINT LUCIA - Officers from the departments of forestry and fisheries, together with Saint Lucia National Trust staff and residents of Vieux Fort and Praslin, recently joined regional experts to establish mangrove nurseries to help replenish the island's critically threatened wetlands. "Some persons in Saint Lucia understand the value of healthy mangroves, while others still regard it as swampland. However, with support from the communities and partners in Vieux Fort and Praslin, there is a sense of hope," said Alleyne Regis of PCI Media Impact, who is leading the community engagement. "It is refreshing to see the survival and sustainability of such a valuable plant species be embraced by the communities," he added. An initiative of the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network, the project is to see the establishment of two temporary nurseries, as well as the training of community representatives and more than 10 forestry and fisheries officers. READ MORE

Why Is Asian Seafood Farming A Cause For Concern!
USA - While naturally occurring shrimps from the ocean are very healthy, the same cannot be said about shrimps bred in fish farms particularly in the Asian part of this world. In a study conducted about 60% of 342 samples of frozen shrimp collected were contaminated with vibrio, salmonella, e.coli or listeria. They also had traces of the following antibiotics; sulfa, enrofloxacin and oxytetracycline. The countries that export shrimp to the U.S which include; Vietnam, India, Thailand and Indonesia have crowded and highly polluted seafood farming conditions which further increases the spread of diseases in the seafood and the overuse of antibiotics only contaminates the seafood even more. A study carried out by Consumer Report, wild shrimps from Argentina and the United States have the lowest bacteria levels of all the samples collected from around the world. READ MORE

Activists Fight to Save Cancun’s Mangrove Forests
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MEXICO - Tiny green sprouts push past the rubble weeks after bulldozers razed a mangrove forest that lined the Mexican coast in Cancun. A recovery was beginning as birds and reptiles slowly repopulated the area, but the fight wasn’t over to save the Tajamar Mangrove from becoming offices buildings, apartments or stores in the resort town. Hundreds of citizens and activists worked for years to protect the thriving mangrove forest, but in the predawn hours of January 16 2016 developers destroyed about 110 acres for the new development– Malecón Tajamar. Immediately the loss was felt by the community. A federal judge halted construction after developers failed to follow the law that required the relocation of all endangered species. Activists with the Salvemos Manglar Tajamar stand guard, preventing developers from pouring concrete and continuing their work. “The project is stopped for now and that keeps us tranquil but we are still vigilant,” said Cristina Sardaneta, an activist for the group Salvemos Manglar Tajamar. READ MORE


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My name is Maria Savage. I'm the most recent intern for MAP in Thailand. It is my first day on the job and my first full day in Thailand. I am feeling worlds away from my Country and am very excited for whats to come.

I am a Canadian citizen born and raised in Newfoundland, so I am no stranger to rain, wind and coastlines. I have a love for the ocean and am currently working towards a B. Tech in Marine Environmental.

I will be volunteering for MAP until mid August. I am looking forward to gaining and sharing knowledge about amazing mangroves.

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It is time to look back on some of our biggest accomplishments, and energize our new community for what the next 24 years will hold! I'd like to personally invite you to join me for Mangrove Action Day Thursday July 21st to celebrate 24 years of hard work. RSVP HERE

Tell the Ex-Im Bank: Don't let Big Coal wreck mangrove forests
The U.S. Export-Import Bank is considering using US tax dollars to pay for two coal plants in Bangladesh. These projects would wreck the world’s largest mangrove forest and devastate the Bengal tigers that live there. We need your help to stop it! 

Our new short documentary, Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions : Mangroves

The Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve’s Bioluminescent Bay is under NEW attack by our local National Park Service. WE NEED TO PROTECT THE PARK FROM THOSE WHO PRETEND TO PROTECT IT.

CALL FOR CHILDRENS ART: 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 2017 calendar to be distributed internationally READ MORE

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Tell Dam Builders to Pull Out of Agua Zarca Dam! For years, critics of the Agua Zarca dam project in Honduras have been targeted by a campaign of violence, intimidation and outright murder. Then, on March 2, Berta Cáceres – vocal critic of the Agua Zarca Dam, Goldman Prize winner and mother of four – was brutally murdered in her home. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Sign out Petition

Tell Red Lobster its "Endless shrimp" deal is damaging and unfair to the workers SIGN THE PETITION
 
Mangroves: Guidebook to Malaysia – available for download here
 
Mangrove rehabilitation in Asia – Local Action and cross-border Transfer of Knowledge for the Conservation of Climate, Forests and Biodiversity VIEW VIDEOS HERE

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STOP PLANTING MANGROVES ON SEAGRASS BEDS _ A CALL TO ACTION
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Friday, June 10, 2016

MAP News Issue 392 June 11, 2016

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The MAP News
392nd Edition                               June 11, 2016

FEATURE STORY

Why One Man Works to Save the Plants That Fight Climate Disruption
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USA - It's not news that anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is accelerating at unprecedented rates, according to climate scientists. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years ever recorded have occurred since 2000, and this year is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded -- by far. And the pace of planetary warming is only increasing, as is made dramatically clear in this recently published graphic. Hence, the need to do everything possible to work towards mitigating this crisis is obvious. There is no way to completely reverse the trend, but as more and more people acknowledge our shared moral responsibility to mitigate the impacts, some are uncovering creative strategies for fighting planetary warming. For instance, an unlikely epiphany led one man towards an effort to preserve and protect mangrove forests, a tactic that would not necessarily be most folks' first tactic to address climate disruption. In 1992, Alfredo Quarto was in southern Thailand working on an article about fisherfolk when he became aware that mangrove forests were under threat by the shrimping aquaculture industry. READ MORE

AFRICA

Oceans highlighted in Mangroves clean-up
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SOUTH AFRICA - A massive crowd of 120 people collected one ton of waste along the Mangroves beach on World Oceans Day, 8 June. This year, the theme for the annual international day was ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet’. Founder of the Beach Clean-Up KwaZulu-Natal, Jacqueline Jonker, said the aim of the day was to raise awareness regarding pollution. “Every week more and more litter is washed down the river and onto our beaches. Plastic is particularly a major concern as it takes decades to degrade and simply ends up floating in our oceans,” she said. A recent study conducted by oceanographer, Marcus Eriksen, has revealed that the Indian Ocean alone has over one trillion pieces of rubbish floating in it. According to the Mount Edgecombe resident, shoes, metal tobacco tins, plastic, deodorant bottles and polystyrene remain the most common types of litter found on beaches. READ MORE

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Cleaning coastal communities and encouraging Krabi kids to care for their country
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THAILAND - The 2016 World Environment Day weekend was a busy one for the staff at MAP Asia in Thailand with celebrations in Krabi, filming taking place at the EPIC ponds on Koh Klang and a clean-up at Ta-Sanook village, Phang Nga province.
Friday the 3rd of June dawned rainy, yet this did not stop thousands of school children descending upon the Krabi Provincial Administrative Organization for World Environment Day celebrations. Teaming up with the Nai Nang village beekeepers, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) of Germany and with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) support from Daimler AG, the Asia Office staff readied the display and activities in the inclement weather. The Nai Nang beekeepers brought along a selection of honey and soap, which garnered interest from children and adults alike. The children proved keen to learn about the importance of mangrove ecosystems, recycling, and the dangers of plastic pollution. Their enthusiasm and interest in our stall was evident, and everyone had a wonderful time. We can definitely say that we surprised many of them with our games, particularly when they learned just how long it takes for rubbish to break down (up to 600 years for nylon fishing line and up to 1000 years for polystyrene, just in case you were wondering)! READ MORE

Phuket golf course, prawn farm accused of encroachment
THAILAND - A golf course and prawn farm are among the businesses that authorities are targeting for encroachment of more than 2,000 rai of mangrove forests in Phuket province. Marine and coastal-resources officials and soldiers began inspections of the 2,400-rai in encroachments on Sunday, planning to wrap up their survey in Muang Phuket and Thalang districts. Among the targeted areas are parts of the Mission Hills Golf Resort and 25 prawn ponds operated by Gold Ranger the Third Co in the island province. Part of the golf course allegedly usurped part of the Len Klong Para mangrove forest, while some prawn ponds are believed to be in the Len Klong Tha Rua mangrove forest. Capt Sathaporn Wajarat, director of internal security operations in Phuket, said that some party had reclaimed land in the mangrove forest before selling the plot to the golf course developer. READ MORE

Editors Note: It appears that climate change and river dams on the Mekong are devastating the aquaculture industry and farming in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam! The drought is most likely damaging the mangroves as well, especially worsened by the many dams built along the river for electrical energy production. This situation can only worsen with climate change.
Shrimp Farms In Mekong Delta hit by worst drought- Climate Change Blamed
VIETNAM - An epochal drought in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam has killed 30 percent of the pangasius growing in ponds along the river’s banks and done serious damage to shrimp farming operations. The drought and other simultaneous disasters affecting the Mekong Delta have resulted in a raw materials shortage for the country’s seafood processors and the situation is so serious that many firms are said to be on the brink of insolvency. The drought is the worst Vietnam has experienced during the past 90 years and has destroyed more than 4,500 hectares of seafood farms, according to a report in Thanh Nien News. In addition, nearly 260,000 hectares of rice and vegetables, and more than 160,000 hectares of orchards and cash crops have been lost, the newspaper said. Eleven out of 13 provinces in the delta region have declared the drought a natural disaster and the country’s Agriculture Ministry has urged the government to provide more than VND 1 trillion (USD 45 million, EUR 40 million) in relief to the affected areas. Meanwhile, the situation is likely to continue until September and spread to the north-central provinces as well. READ MORE

Sundarbans in danger: stop Rampal coal power plant
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BANGLADESH - The Sundarbans: thousands of islands dot this unique realm between the dry land of the Subcontinent and the Bay of Bengal, the most extensive mangrove forest on Earth. A dwindling population of Bengal tigers roam the land in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. The estuarine crocodile, the Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins and the Indian python are also at home there. The Sundarbans’ rich biodiversity prompted UNESCO to declare the forest a World Heritage Site. However, this paradise is now in danger: The Rampal coal power plant is to be built in Bangladesh, only 14 kilometers from the mangroves. Preliminary work is already underway. The 1,320 MW plant is a joint venture of the Indian and Bangladeshi governments. Environmentalists are alarmed at the prospect: the plant would have a massive impact on the delicate ecosystem and push numerous species toward extinction. The mangroves are a nursery for aquatic life, and the plant’s emissions into the river Passur would thus threaten the food security of more than two million people. The plant would also release 220 tons of toxic air pollutants daily and wreak havoc on the climate with vast amounts of carbon dioxide. READ MORE

Dealing with the trash problem in Phuket
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THAILAND - Hygiene and cleanliness are very personal, and judging by the aroma at the airport and on airplanes, often seem to be an optional affair. But living in our environment is a shared community exercise, and Phuket does suffer from the stresses and strains of tourism, as well as a lack of regard by certain sectors of the community to cleaning up trash and not dumping rubbish. There is a law in Thailand that clearly states littering is illegal: the 'Act of Maintaining Cleanliness and Tidiness of the Country BE 2535 [1992'. I occasionally wonder if people are aware of it, and then I remember that most people don’t actually read legislation in their spare time. Like many laws in many countries, enforcement is difficult and resources are not sufficient to police social responsibility. To ensure we live in a clean environment, cooperation from our fellow inhabitants is necessary, and the best result of any drive to improve the environment is a majority consensus, or a strong and active minority task force dragging the reluctant with them. READ MORE

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Save the Mangroves at Tajamar
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MEXICO - On July 30th, 2015 an audio note began to spread on WhatsApp chats of a group of mostly mothers from the city of Cancun. This audio called for help describing devastation of trees and mangroves, while birds tried to save their nests and crocodiles waited to be buried. This brought together about forty women in an area called Malecon Tajamar , located in downtown Cancun, next to the Nichupté Lagoon. Thanks to the social networks, the facebook page Salvemos Manglar Tajamar (SMT), started to gain followers in a couple of hours. Quickly, more locals from Cancun joined the initiative. By August 4th, 2015, a popular claim signed by 4,333 individuals, with names and addresses was presented before the federal authority PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency). The result: by August 12th, 2015 PROFEPA instituted an official and provisional stoppage of the works that were taking place in this project. The closure was, among other things, accredited to the lack of compliance of environmental conditions to which 2005 permits granted to FONATUR (the Federal Government's Fund to promote Tourism, and the seller of those lots). READ MORE

It seems like Biminites are raising their voices once again against Bimini Bay World Resort management and they also have the leader: Sherrick Ellis. Obviously the resort is denying residents’ access to a roadway further up in north-east plus there are complaints about dredging and impacts on the fishing.
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BAHAMAS - Frustrated Bimini residents – on Friday, June 3, 2016 (Labour Day) conducted a protest, despite a request to postpone the picket. Originally the protest was to be led by former High Rock Administrator, Sherrick Ellis, who brought their concerns and grievances to The Freeport News regarding Bimini Bay World Resort management’s encroachment on their traditions as well as the Government of The Bahamas’ apparent lackadaisical attitude in trying to rectify the situation. Ellis claimed tensions have been rising between the natives and resort management for quite some time and while he has tried to devise ways to have the issues taken seriously and clarified by all sides, “the pot has boiled over.” The Freeport News spoke to Ellis concerning the protest and he revealed, “Indeed, I was disappointed by the fact that Cable 12 (Our News) did not come to Bimini to capture the story, which resulted in a request I made to the natives to cancel/postpone the scheduled picketing process. READ MORE

Mangrove Action Day 2016 In celebration of 24 years of MAP history
USA - Although once thought of as useless wastelands, careful study and research has revealed that mangroves are among the most important ecosystems on this planet. Valued for anchoring coastal ecosystems as well as providing economic and ecosystem services to humans, mangrove forests are true treasures. The complexities of these systems are enormous, and there is still much to learn. Mangrove forests are highly interconnected within the ecosystem itself, but they also make up a transitional zone between land and ocean, connecting and supporting both. It is no surprise that mangroves are called “roots of the sea.” Founded in 1992, the Mangrove Action Project has spent the past 24 years promoting the rights of traditional and indigenous coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, to sustainably manage their coastal environs. On Thursday July 21st we are celebrating Mangrove Action Day to raise funds that support education and training for local mangrove communities, empowering them to restore and conserve their own mangrove forests and other coastal resources. READ MORE

In Support of Mangroves
USA - Education and financial support can help in the fight to protect and restore mangrove forests. Currently there are many non-profit organizations conducting training workshops with citizens of coastal communities in tropical regions, particularly in such emerging countries as Cambodia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Consultants are working alongside government officials to create new protection zones and to beef up regulations and penalties. The rest of us can take certain actions. We can sign petitions against polluters, volunteer on planting and clean-up projects, make financial donations. We can voice our support for the creation of more nature parks and the building of above-ground boardwalks so that the public can visit and enjoy these places without disturbing the trees and their roots. We can speak out against over-development and vote for stricter zoning. We can share our concerns with neighbors and friends. There are many organizations dedicated in full or in part to saving the mangroves. One that I personally support and will mention here is called Mangrove Action Project. They are based in the state of Washington, USA. It is worth 5 minutes of your time today to visit their site and learn something new about our friends - the mangroves. READ MORE

Community Groups, Scientists Partner To Restore Saint Lucia Mangroves
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JAMAICA - OFFICERS from the departments of forestry and fisheries, together with Saint Lucia National Trust staff and residents of Vieux Fort and Praslin, recently joined regional experts to establish mangrove nurseries to help replenish the island's critically threatened wetlands. "Some persons in Saint Lucia understand the value of healthy mangroves, while others still regard it as swampland. However, with support from the communities and partners in Vieux Fort and Praslin, there is a sense of hope," said Alleyne Regis of PCI Media Impact, who is leading the community engagement. "It is refreshing to see the survival and sustainability of such a valuable plant species be embraced by the communities," he added. An initiative of the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network, the project is to see the establishment of two temporary nurseries, as well as the training of community representatives and more than 10 forestry and fisheries officers. READ MORE

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The Sundarbans – the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to Bengal tigers and millions of villagers – has weathered cyclones and tsunamis. Now the UNESCO World Heritage Site faces a new threat: the planned Rampal coal power plant in Bangladesh. Tell Exim Bank India to cancel the financing of this potentially disastrous project. SIGN OUR PETITION

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The Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve’s Bioluminescent Bay is under NEW attack by our local National Park Service. WE NEED TO PROTECT THE PARK FROM THOSE WHO PRETEND TO PROTECT IT.

CALL FOR CHILDRENS ART: 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 2017 calendar to be distributed internationally READ MORE

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Tell Dam Builders to Pull Out of Agua Zarca Dam! For years, critics of the Agua Zarca dam project in Honduras have been targeted by a campaign of violence, intimidation and outright murder. Then, on March 2, Berta Cáceres – vocal critic of the Agua Zarca Dam, Goldman Prize winner and mother of four – was brutally murdered in her home. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Sign out Petition

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Save the Mangroves at Tajamar


On July 30th, 2015 an audio note began to spread on WhatsApp chats of a group of mostly mothers from the city of Cancun. This audio called for help describing devastation of trees and mangroves, while birds tried to save their nests and crocodiles waited to be buried.
This brought together about forty women in an area called Malecon Tajamar , located in downtown Cancun, next to the Nichupté Lagoon.

Thanks to the social networks, the facebook page Salvemos Manglar Tajamar (SMT), started to gain followers in a couple of hours. Quickly, more locals from Cancun joined the initiative. By August 4th, 2015, a popular claim signed by 4,333 individuals, with names and addresses was presented before the federal authority PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency).
The result: by August 12th, 2015 PROFEPA instituted an official and provisional stoppage of the works that were taking place in this project. The closure was, among other things, accredited to the lack of compliance of environmental conditions to which 2005 permits granted to FONATUR (the Federal Government's Fund to promote Tourism, and the seller of those lots).
As people were approaching the SMT volunteers to sign petitions, amongst them were many kids, and underage minors, that wanted to sign. One lawyer decided to help, and a Federal Trial for the Protection of Constitutional Rights (" amparo lawsuit" ) before a District Court was filed on 08/27/2015 and signed by 113 children under legal age, demanding t o be allowed to pursue their right to be heard, and demanding their right to a healthy environment to be respected, specifically demanding for the cutting and clearing of the mangrove in the development of the project known as Malecón Tajamar to stop. Among the authorities sued are the Mexican Environmental Ministry and of Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the Federal Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR).
On November 4th, 2015 the judge ruled granting a DEFINITIVE SUSPENSION of the use of the authorizations and permits that allowed the removal of the mangrove in the lots located in Malecón Tajamar. Unfortunately, the Judge conditioned this historical achievement to a delivery of a BOND of about twenty one million pesos, a bond to guarantee the companies who bought land in Malecon Tajamar. Objections to this requirement were filed on time and should be resolved by a higher court within the following weeks.
This case was not important only for Cancun, its ecosystem, its children and its future, but it is making the country of Mexico more aware of the need to address environmental problems and to demand their voices to be heard, in a respectful, organized and transparent way. Unfortunately, the night of January 15th, 2016, the social networks were not enough: the Government (Municipal, State and Federal) joined and protected the more than 70 trucks filled with material, mechanical diggers and other material that entered the area. Seventy elements of the riot police were sent to stop any person from entering the area. The work began after midnight, when most people were sleeping. In a couple of hours, less than a day, as they worked all night and kept working the next day, the area was completely cleared, destroying all the mangrove and what lived in it... we called for international media to speak about what was happening in Cancun. The rights of our children had been violated by the Government.
In spite of the above, the SMT team has been talking about the importance of mangroves in different schools in Cancun and plans to keep doing it. So far we have visited more than 10 schools in Cancun and Holbox.
A lawsuit submitted after the removal has kept the mangrove from being covered and the
 the works are suspended for now until a final resolution is given. Along with the information we believe children should know about their rights and the precious ecosystem they live in. We believe that Tajamar, and so many other areas with mangroves in our State of Quintana Roo and in our country should and can be protected.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MAP News Issue 391, May 28, 2016

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The MAP News
391st Edition                               May 28, 2016

FEATURE STORY

Over 100 mangrove destruction cases in 4 years, but not a single conviction
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INDIA - The state mangrove cell, which was created in 2012 to stop the destruction of the vital coastal ecosystem, has only pursued seven cases against offenders even as the city’s mangrove forests continue to be destroyed through illegal land reclamation. There has not been a single conviction in the past four years though 115 cases were registered during the period According to data accessed by Hindustan Times, destruction of wetlands by dumping and encroachments accounted for 80% of the cases, with the rest related to hacking and burning of mangrove forests Mangrove cell officials said the prosecution rate was low because the culprits were unidentified “In most of the registered cases in forested areas, offences have been committed by unidentified persons. Due to the unavailability of CCTV cameras and low manpower, there is lack of evidence in most cases,’’ said a senior official from the state mangrove cell adding, “There has been no convictions yet because of delay in court proceedings wherein cases go on for years.’ Activists also pointed out there is a huge gap in the implementation of laws made to protect wetlands. Stalin Dayanand, project director, NGO Vanashakti, said, ”The system has failed miserably in penalising the destroyers of mangroves. READ MORE

ASIA

Andaman coral reef sites may close
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THAILAND - After being warned of possible coral bleaching in Thailand as a result of El Nino last year, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources says it is prepared to cope but may be forced to close affected coral reef sites. The increasing temperatures in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand earlier this month is a sign, said Nalinee Thongtham, the department's senior fishery biologist. She said that the influence of El Nino has resulted in increasing seawater temperatures in the eastern Pacific which have remained longer than usual. Once the temperature declines, the mass of warm water moves to the western Pacific, accompanied with high seawater temperatures in the summer season. This becomes a significant factor in stimulating the bleaching, the biologist added. This is not the first case of bleaching in Thailand. The natural occurrence took place in 1991, 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2007. However, the worst case was in 2010 where 66.9% of coral reefs in the northern part of the Andaman Sea and 39% in the southern part died from bleaching. The biologist said the recovery from 2010 is satisfactory in many areas but the department is concerned that these areas may soon be affected by new bleaching. "If it happens in a very short period, there is a smaller impact to the coral reefs, which are very sensitive. Or the impact could be immense in which case stronger action is required to limit the problem," she said. READ MORE

Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihood
INDIA - Bhitarkanika mangrove ecosystem (also a Ramsar site) is one of the most ecologically sensitive, unique mangrove forests and second largest in the country. Bhitarkanika mangrove forest is surrounded by 410 villages and more than 2.4 lakhs people of these villages area routinely struggle for their livelihood with a number of adverse factors, typical to the water logging, and soil and water salinity, the climate change induced disasters like flood, cyclones and sea level rise etc. The brackish soil does not provide more than one crops except paddy per annum, which might also been destroyed by natural calamities and wild animals. The absence of local employment opportunities along with climate change impacts and habitat destruction, are creating more demand on the Bhitrakanika mangrove resources which is under pressure, fragile and threatened. Nevertheless, degradation of Bhitarkanika mangrove ecosystem remains a matter of concern, emphasizing the fact that effective management of mangrove resources is possible only active participation of local communities. We observed that local communities in the area have positive attitudes towards mangroves, but their socio-economic conditions pressured people’s attitudes. Local communities valued those functions of mangrove forests that were directly linked to their wellbeing. READ MORE

Mangrove Conservation project kicks off in Kerala
INDIA - Apollo Tyres and Wildlife Trust of India have entered into a partnership to restore a critical mangrove project in Kerala's Kannur district. Apollo Tyres and Wildlife Trust of India announced the partnership to coincide with the International Day for Biodiversity. The Kannur Kandal project (mangrove conservation) aims at ensuring survival of existing mangroves and increase acreage of such habitats across Kannur, potentially making it a prototype for other coastal districts of Kerala and a model for the rest of the country, a release from the tyre major said. The actual site for Apollo Tyres-WTI's project will be in Kunhimangalam village in Kannur district, which is one of the largest mangrove villages of Kerala. The project will establish a hub, located in the natural ecosystem, for mangrove-based education, serving as an open air laboratory for research and promoting restoration through community and government participation. A mangrove nursery and community-based initiatives to enhance public awareness and reduce threats to mangroves are other aspects of the project. Particular efforts will be made to generate scientific interest about mangroves among the youth, the release said. READ MORE

Oil spills affecting marine, mangrove forest in Paradip
INDIA - Frequent theft of oil by vandalizing the pipeline of IOCL’s oil refinery here affecting the marine species and mangrove forest in coastal areas due to oil spill but also affected revenue generation . Though Indian Oil is losing crude oil due to such theft every month and pipelines are damaged no discernible effort has been undertaken to nab the culprits of unearth the oil theft racket which is operating successfully with the alleged connivance of certain people. Petroleum products like diesel, petrol and kerosene are being supplied from vessels to oil refinery project of IOCL. The four lane pipelines of IOCL which been stretched about 15 kms from oil berth to Oil Refinery project of IOCL is in an isolated place. On Monday, the gang involved in this lucrative illegal business made holes in a pipeline of IOCL at Kaudia River bed of Paradip area and place a valve to draw fuel. They used nearly 100 meters plastic pipes to draw the fuel. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Honduras Arrests 4 Men in Killing of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Activist
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HONDURAS - Four men have been arrested in the murder of a Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activist whose killing two months ago prompted international condemnation, the authorities said on Monday. The activist, Berta Cáceres, led a decade-long fight to block construction of the Agua Zarca Dam along the Gualcarque River, which is sacred to her Lenca people. Despite numerous threats and the killings of other members of her organization, she was undeterred. She was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize last year, but the international acclaim was not enough to protect her. On March 3, gunmen burst into the house where she was staying in La Esperanza, her hometown, in western Honduras, and fatally shot her. The suspects were arrested in raids early Monday. Two of them are linked to the Honduran company that is building the dam, Desarrollos Energéticos S.A., or DESA. READ MORE

Collier County Digs Out Clam Pass To Stop Mangrove Die Off
U.S.A. - Collier County is dredging sand out of Clam Pass to stop mangroves from dying. The waterway is the entry point to three bays and more than 300 acres of mangroves. About eight acres of mangroves have already died. A wildlife ecologist who consulted on the project said the current die off comes from heavy rainfall in January and February. Tim Hall said water had nowhere to go because Clam Pass was congested with sand. “We had water that stacked up higher than normal and got high enough to the point where it started killing some of the mangrove trees out there,” he said. Hall said it’s possible there could be more die off later because mangroves can be slow to react. The pass has a history of closing up. Hall said it was initially dredged in 1999 after about 70 acres of mangroves died. READ MORE

EUROPE

Coldwater prawns battle for menu supremacy
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U.K. - A campaign is underway in the United Kingdom to educate chefs about the benefits of using coldwater prawns, instead of the tropical versions that have become ubiquitous on menus. There are signs that the three-year-old project is starting to score points. British consumers love prawns; they are the fourth most-consumed species of seafood eaten in the United Kingdom. However, the domestic market lacks knowledge about the product, especially the differences between warmwater and coldwater prawns. The issue is being addressed though a three-year education program for chefs, student chefs and lecturers, which is allowing them to reappraise coldwater prawns and to use them as a means to add value to dishes. The project was developed following seven years of research by the International Cold Water Prawn Forum. The research sought to determine the views of consumers and culinary experts about the features and benefits of Pandalus borealis. It established that there was an opportunity to develop a unique positioning for the species in the culinary sector. Initially supported by Greenland and Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, the project was recently joined by Iceland and Norway. “These four countries are the major producers of coldwater prawns and their industries can see the benefits of raising awareness of the product and increasing consumption. The U.K. is the largest market for P. borealis, but there is also a growing market in China,” said program director Karen Galloway. READ MORE

OCEANA

Mangrove Ecosystems In Queensland Are Dying Just Like The Great Barrier Reef
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AUSTRALIA - Australia is still recovering from the massive coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, however, its ecosystem gets another blow — the Mangrove population in Queensland is dying. Scientists are yet to establish an explanation of what could have caused it, but they are certain that the damage covers a large area. The hot climate coinciding with the dry period of Northern Australia could have triggered the widespread deaths, because there is no other major event, such as cyclone, tsunami or oil spill in the area that could have resulted in such destruction of the mangrove ecosystem, said Norm Duke, a professor from James Cook University and a spokesman for the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network (AMSN). Mangroves are crucial because they minimize the erosion of shorelines and prevent sediment from going offshore, thus, filtering the inland water before it enters the sea. Without the mangroves, coastal ecosystem like seagrass and corals could vanish as well. These mangroves also serve as fish sanctuaries. Fishermen have already reported about meager catches along with the diminishing mangrove ecosystem. READ MORE

Fraser Coast mangrove tours first in the state
AUSTRALIA - Lindsay Titmarsh has lived among the mangroves of Tandora his entire life, and is about to share his unique experience with the world. Mr Titmarsh, 68, is the first person in Queensland to be given a commercial licence to host walking tours of the mangrove forest growing on the eastern side of his property, on the banks of the Mary River east of Dundathu. "The stuff out there is just magic," Mr Titmarsh said. "You're not going to see it anywhere else. "I like walking out there and having a look and I thought others might like to look at it too." Mr Titmarsh applied for the licence in November last year through the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. "They came out and had a look and agreed everything was alright for tours," he said. "I had to get Butchulla approval and I got that." He said the department was interested to see if the tours proved popular. Mr Titmarsh has mapped out eight different "walkabout" tours, most following tracks made by the feral pigs who live in the mangroves. The walks vary in difficulty, but those interested in joining a walk should expect to leave with their shoes and ankles caked in mud. Over the years of living and exploring the hundreds of acres of mangrove-covered land, Mr Titmarsh has built up a lifetime of knowledge of the 10 different species of mangroves and at least 25 different types of crabs living on his property. READ MORE

LAST WORD(S)

Hello everyone,
My name is Amber Blowes and I’m the new volunteer at the MAP Asia Office. I’ve been in Trang a few days now and have had a very interesting introduction to Thailand’s rainy season (getting caught in a torrential downpour twice!). I’m from Australia, however, I have been travelling for the last few months experiencing the sights, sounds and food of Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. In February I finished my Master of International Public Health at the University of Sydney with a personal focus on snakebite in Asia. Before this I completed a Bachelor of Science in biology and science communications at the Australian National University in Canberra.
I’ll be here in Trang for a few months and I’m keen to learn more about mangroves, their restoration and the people relying on them. I look forward to working with you all and learning from this amazing experience!
Kind regards,
Amber Blowes
MAP-Asia Office Development & Field Project Assistant (Intern)
 

Dear Ms. Monica,

Greetings from BEDS! Hope this email finds you well.
According to our previous communication we have conducted fishermen children art competing as per our schedule during celebrating IDB 2016 so we would like to share few photographs and events draft report to you.
Our events news also published newspaper so we will share this published documents to you very soon.
We will send three selected children drawing by post before the deadline.
If you have needed any more information about our programme please always feel free to asking us.
Take care.
Best wishes,
Maksud

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Our new short documentary, Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions : Mangroves

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CALL FOR CHILDRENS ART: 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 2017 calendar to be distributed internationally READ MORE

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Tell Dam Builders to Pull Out of Agua Zarca Dam! For years, critics of the Agua Zarca dam project in Honduras have been targeted by a campaign of violence, intimidation and outright murder. Then, on March 2, Berta Cáceres – vocal critic of the Agua Zarca Dam, Goldman Prize winner and mother of four – was brutally murdered in her home. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Sign out Petition

Tell Red Lobster its "Endless shrimp" deal is damaging and unfair to the workers SIGN THE PETITION
 
Mangroves: Guidebook to Malaysia – available for download here
 
Mangrove rehabilitation in Asia – Local Action and cross-border Transfer of Knowledge for the Conservation of Climate, Forests and Biodiversity VIEW VIDEOS HERE

Volunteer Opportunities with Mangrove Action Project CLICK HERE
 
STOP PLANTING MANGROVES ON SEAGRASS BEDS _ A CALL TO ACTION
Want to learn more about mangroves?
mangrove-action-project-presentation-1-1024.jpg?cb=1424228039
Our short presentation will give you a better understanding of the issues we are working to solve. WATCH PRESENTATION
What is CBEMR? Easy to follow fact sheet – CLICK HERE

SHARE MAP'S VISION 
CLICK HERE to watch short introductory video. Together we can work "at the roots of the sea".
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 Click here
 
Exclusive Interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mangrove Action Project - See more
Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
Sign the Petition
 
Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
 

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum in Bangladesh - WATCH VIDEO
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Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.


FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT
Education in the Mangroves - China
VIMEO SHOW

VISIT OUR "MM" WEBPAGE


Check out our presentation for more details on Marvellous Mangroves

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

Read this 10 page history of the development of MAP’s educational curriculum VIEW DOCUMENT
 
Article in Canada's Green Teacher Magazine - Read More
 

FREE MAP Mangrove e-cards CLICK HERE
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Green Planet Fundraising Assists MAP – LEARN MORE

MANGROVE ISSUES 
View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel

The importance of restoring mangroves in an effective, long-term manner. Mangrove CBEMR video - VIEW
Question Your Shrimp Consumer/Markets Campaign!  WATCH VIDEO

Mangrove Restoration in Asia – Watch Short Video

Mosaic of Life 
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
 

"Question Your Shrimp" Campaign

Learn more about the affects of the shrimp industry on mangroves by visiting our blog
Editor’s Note: Mangrove Action Project’s Executive Director, Alfredo Quarto was interviewed about shrimp by Green Acre Radio’s Martha Baskin
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW

Information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
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