Thursday, September 11, 2014

MAP News Issue 347 - Sept 13, 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
347th Edition                                Sept. 13, 2014
Mangrove Action Project
Action Alerts:

Calling All Storymakers! Learn. Create. Win!

Nonprofits overcome obstacles every single day. The most effective way to inspire donations, volunteering, and support is to share those stories of triumph. Our Storymakers challenge hopes to empower you with the tools and training to tell your stories, get noticed, and make an impact. Storymakers starts with free webinars and events to help you create, polish, and share your inspiring stories. It culminates in a challenge: Aug. 26 – Sept. 26 submit your digital story. A two-minute video, a short-form Vine or Instagram video, or a five-picture Flickr slideshow could land you up to $5,000. READ MORE

Your Century! Event Information
On Friday 21st November, 2014, 200 young people will go on a journey across continents, exploring environmental problems and their solutions.
VIEW DETAILS

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


Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has prepared a statement to world leaders on the serious risks posed by climate change. By clicking here you can add your name.

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
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 Date! XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015 READ MORE
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS


Pre-Order your 2015 Calendar
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1-20 calendars, $12 each plus shipping
21-49 calendars, $10 ea plus shipping
50-100 calendars, $8 each plus shipping.
Over 100 $7 each plus shipping
 


Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
Sign the Petition
 

New information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
VIEW MORE

Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
Donate to MAP via Paypal
Giving could never be easier
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It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

—Mahatma Gandhi

Green Planet Fundraising Assists MAP – LEARN MORE

MANGROVE ISSUES 

View New Videos posted by MAP Asia intern, Delphine. CLICK HERE
 
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
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

View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel
“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

FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT THESE SIGHTS
SLIDE SHOW
    VIMEO SHOW

Education In The Mangroves
Six minute video features discussion of Mangrove Action Project’s Mangrove Curriculum VIEW THE VIDEO

Article in Canada's Green Teacher Magazine -
Read More


"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

Join MAP on Facebook

Sign the Consumer's Pledge to avoid imported shrimp

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FEATURED STORY
‘Mangrove Man’ inspired by world travel
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CAYMAN ISLANDS - He’s traveled half a million miles over the years – enough to go around the world 12 times, or to the moon and halfway back – so it’s little wonder that writer, photographer, conservationist and educator Martin Keeley continues to find inspiration for his work. Keeley’s latest trips are with the Marvelous Mangrove education curriculum, a program that teaches schoolchildren about the importance of mangroves and the eco-systems which they support worldwide, as well as training teachers to teach both students and other teachers.  The program was developed by Cayman Brac-based Keeley in 1999 and initially was incorporated into Cayman’s primary school curriculum. It is part of the Mangrove Action Project, a conservation group comprised of more than 300 scientists and academics spanning more than 60 nations.  The Marvelous Mangrove program is now in 11 countries, with the expansion this year to South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and Queensland, Australia. “For me, the mangrove trips continue to stimulate the creative process,” said the writer.  READ MORE

AFRICA

Fish Dealers Challenged to Protect Mangrove for Sustainability of Natural Resource
GAMBIA - Fatou Camara of the Department of Fisheries and Water Resources has challenged fish dealers to protect the mangrove for the sustainability of the natural resources. Camara made this call during a daylong sensitization on the importance of mangrove to fish dealers at the fishing community-landing site, in old Jeshwang. Organized by the Department of Fisheries and Water Resources, in collaboration with the National Sole Fishery Co-Management Committee (NASCOM), under the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) support for Climate Change Adaptation in Marine Artisanal Fisheries Communities in West Africa project, it was co-funded by the West African Rural Foundation (WARF) and FAO for a period of two years. The concept of the project is to support and promote climate change adaptation among value-chain actors in the selected artisanal fisheries communities in Sierra Leone, Senegal and The Gambia. READ MORE

Whistle-blowing website wildleaks targets powerful poaching networks
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KENYA - Wildleaks, a new website in the vein of WikiLeaks has set its sights on taking down powerful poaching networks and illegal logging operations. The site says it is the first anonymous and secure whistle-blowing site dedicated to wildlife and forest crime and it couldn’t come any sooner. Poaching has skyrocketed in recent years as the black market for rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts has grown rapidly. A large part of these transactions are controlled by poweful networks of wealthy traffickers that have previously been untouchable. The anonymous and secure nature of Wildleaks lets people give tips on poaching activity while staying safe themselves. After it launched in February, WildLeaks received its first tip within 24 hours. READ MORE

ASIA

Mangrove plantation leader arrested
MYANMAR – A leading environmental activist has been arrested for public order offences after planting mangroves in an area devastated by Cyclone Nargis. U Tun Tun Oo, a member of Human Rights Watch and Defend Network, was charged under section 61 of the forestry law by a Dedaye township forestry officer and has been detained in Pyapon prison. The arrest, in Ayeyarwady Region, took place on August 29. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 12. U Aung Kyaw San, who joined the defendant and others in the mangrove-planting campaign, told The Myanmar Times that police had accused U Tun Tun Oo of destroying state-owned crops on a sandbank in Kyone Ka Nat village used by grazing cattle, but most of the plants were already dead. “This is ridiculous. Ko Tun Tun Oo didn’t do anything to the plants,” he said. The mangrove planters’ group met Ayeyarwady Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung and legal and forestry experts on April 9 to seek permission to plant mangroves on the grazing land. The group said it would help to protect the village from future natural disasters. “The minister gave us verbal permission,” said Ko Aung Kyaw San. Led by U Tun Tun Oo, the group started planting on May 12, and wrote to the state and regional governments to inform them when planting was complete. However, on June 3 a group opposed to the planting destroyed the mangroves. READ MORE


Editor’s Note: the following story demonstrates the importance of continuing education about the benefits that mangroves provide to mankind, and highlights the ease at which environmental issues become political.
Villagers in Lantau destroy mangrove in bid to halt 'protected status' plan
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CHINA – Dozens of villagers in northern Lantau chopped down a mangrove near an ecologically sensitive bay yesterday to protest against a government move to zone areas on the fringes of their villages as protected land. Excavators were brought in to raze trees, while machete- and hoe-wielding villagers chopped down shrubs on the coast of Tai Ho Wan, which is known for its oyster-rich mudflats and horseshoe crabs. Together with the three rivers that feed it, Tai Ho Wan is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), but not yet zoned as such. Statutory planning rules would ensure government departments give due consideration to conservation if the proposal was approved later this year. But indigenous villagers of the San Heung community, which includes Pak Mong, Ngau Kwu Long and Tai Ho villages, fear their rights to farm and build small houses will be restricted if the restrictive development plans are agreed to. READ MORE

Mangroves undergo change in Sunderbans
BANGLADESH – A recent study of mangrove forests in Sunderbans has revealed a change in their vegetation pattern, with the high salt-tolerant Avicennia species being edged out by Ceriops decandra, a relatively less-salt tolerant variety of mangrove, suggesting an evolution of the mangroves. The study titled ‘Benchmark Studies on the Status of Mangrove Forest’ has been conducted by the Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS), sponsored by the Sunderban Biosphere Reserve under the ‘Mangrove For Future’ theme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “It was earlier believed that salinity is the main determining factor for the mangroves in the Sunderbans. But the study points to pH ( which determines the acidity and alkalinity of water) also being an important factor,” Himadri Sekhar Debnath, principal scientist involved with the project and former Joint Director of Botanical Survey of India ( BSI) told The Hindu. A change in the mangrove species may lead to change in biodiversity, ecology species variation and finally to the variation in gene pool, Ajanta Dey, project director (NEWS) said. READ MORE

Coastal communities to be given awareness about disaster risks
PAKISTAN - The Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme has decided to focus on developing shared understanding among coastal communities against disaster risks and climate change impacts. In MFF’s national coordinating committee meeting held here on Wednesday, to mark the beginning of the third phase with emphasis on regional initiatives and private sector engagement, the experts agreed that equal attention would be paid towards building resilience through capacity building among ecosystem dependent coastal communities. The NCB members decided that the new phase, from 2014 to 2018, will continue to make optimum utilization of the significant achievements realized by the MFF over the past seven years. The programme will also continue to build on its efforts to influence coastal management policy with an increased emphasis on expanding knowledge management and capacity development activities. READ MORE

AMERICAS

MAP’s Program recognized for its global impact
USA - There is no doubt that the world is losing species at an alarming rate.  That’s why the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is focused on supporting nonprofit organizations that provide expertise and solutions to make positive conservation impacts worldwide. Today we are recognizing the Mangrove Action Project as one of these organizations, and we are proud to support your efforts to protect the planet for future generations and inspire our conservation leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations on being selected as one of 141 projects chosen this year! You can learn more about Disney’s commitment to conservation by visiting our website. READ MORE

MAP’s Program recognized for its global impact
USA - There is no doubt that the world is losing species at an alarming rate.  That’s why the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is focused on supporting nonprofit organizations that provide expertise and solutions to make positive conservation impacts worldwide. Today we are recognizing the Mangrove Action Project as one of these organizations, and we are proud to support your efforts to protect the planet for future generations and inspire our conservation leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations on being selected as one of 141 projects chosen this year! You can learn more about Disney’s commitment to conservation by visiting our website. READ MORE
 
Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America's Bird Species
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USA – The Baltimore oriole will probably no longer live in Maryland, the common loon might leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan could be entirely gone. Those are some of the grim prospects outlined in a report released on Monday by the National Audubon Society, which found that climate change is likely to so alter the bird population of North America that about half of the approximately 650 species will be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find new places to live, feed and breed over the next 65 years. If they do not — and for several dozen it will be very difficult — they could become extinct. READ MORE
 
LAST WORD(S)

Dear Alfredo,

Thank you very much on your Kind e.mail. it is very nice to get your kind information. Still we are friendly with our hearts. We are dedicated to MANGROVES. Very recently, due to our influence, All of Sri Lanka mangroves have declared as conservation Forest in Sri Lanka by Minister of Environment of Sri Lanka. This was one of our great victory on conservation of MANGROVES.

Please visit at any time.

We are not deviated from MAP. MAP is living in our hearts.

Kind regards!

Anu
SMALL FISHERS FEDERATION of SRI LANKA (SFFL)
http://www.smallfishers.com/

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MAP News Issue 346, August 30th, 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
346th Edition                                August 30, 2014

Mangrove Action Project

Action Alerts:

Your Century! Event Information
On Friday 21st November, 2014, 200 young people will go on a journey across continents, exploring environmental problems and their solutions.
VIEW DETAILS
 
CBEMR work on Klang Island, Krabi is Finally Underway –
MORE INFO


Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has prepared a statement to world leaders on the serious risks posed by climate change. By clicking here you can add your name.
 
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

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 Date! XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015 READ MORE
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS


Pre-Order your 2015 Calendar
2014cld-300x225 
 
1-20 calendars, $12 each plus shipping
21-49 calendars, $10 ea plus shipping
50-100 calendars, $8 each plus shipping.
Over 100 $7 each plus shipping


Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
Sign the Petition
 

New information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
VIEW MORE

Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
Donate to MAP via Paypal
Giving could never be easier
Donate.jpg
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
 
—Mahatma Gandhi


Green Planet Fundraising Assists MAP – LEARN MORE


MANGROVE ISSUES 

View New Videos posted by MAP Asia intern, Delphine. CLICK HERE
 
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
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

View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel

“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

FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT THESE SIGHTS
SLIDE SHOW
    VIMEO SHOW

Education In The Mangroves
Six minute video features discussion of Mangrove Action Project’s Mangrove Curriculum VIEW THE VIDEO
 
Article in Canada's Green Teacher Magazine -
Read More
 


"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


Join MAP on Facebook


Sign the Consumer's Pledge to avoid imported shrimp


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Note to Our Readers:
We strive to keep active links in our newsletter. However, due to circumstances beyond our control,
occasionally links to stories may become broken. If you find a link to a story is not functioning, please cut and paste the headline into your browser search bar. In most cases you should be able to locate the original story.




Help Mangrove Action Project through your recycled E-Waste.  List of Accepted E-waste Items:

Injet Cartidges, Cell Phones, Pagers, GPS, Radar Detectors, Mobile Hot Spots, Calculators, eBook Readers, iPods/MP3 players, Digital/Video Cameras/Camcorders, PDAs, iPads/Tablets/Laptops, Video Game Consoles, Handheld Video Games

Visit the Mangrove Action Project recycle website Click on the recycle button then click on the Download Shipping Label, and follow the instructions.

 

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FEATURED STORY
Sunderbans Mangrove Trees Losing Capacity to Absorb CO2
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BANGLADESH - The vast mangrove forest in the Sunderbans is fast losing its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases, from the atmosphere due to rise in the salinity of water, rampant deforestation and pollution, a study has found. The mangrove forest, marsh grass, phytoplanktons, molluscus and other coastal vegetation in the world's largest delta are the natural absorbers of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the study. The stored carbon in the plants is known as "Blue Carbons". The absorption of CO2 is a process which contributes to reduction of the warming of the earth and other ill effects of climate change. The research study, "Blue Carbon Estimation in Coastal Zone of Eastern India - Sunderbans", was financed by the Union government and headed by noted marine scientist Abhijit Mitra. READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Oil production in Nigeria is causing an environmental tragedy
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NIGERIA - Nigeria is the biggest oil producer on the continent of Africa. The country is also a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). However, many communities residing around oil production in the Niger Delta remain underdeveloped. All Africa reports that oil companies blame gangs breaking into pipelines to steal crude oil as the main causes of oil spills in the region. Nonetheless, the largest oil company operating in Nigeria, Shell Petroleum, is now in the midst of a lawsuit from fishermen in the Niger Delta who are being represented by in the UK based law firm, Leigh Day. They argue that the company isn’t doing enough to maintain and protect its pipelines from being sabotaged by oil thieves. But Shell insists it’s following international best practice in its operations in the West African country. While the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has not reacted to the issue, Shell has stated that no stakeholder is in a position to implement the UNEP report on the clean-up of Ogoniland unilaterally. READ MORE
 
Flooding made worse by mangrove loss
CAMEROON - Extreme weather has severely damaged infrastructure on Cameroon’s Bakassi Peninsula, threatening the intense development efforts undertaken since the long-contested area was ceded to the country. Weeks of rainfall, accompanied by high tides near the coastal border with Nigeria, have triggered heavy floods in virtually all villages on the peninsula, submerging houses and forcing the population to flee for safety. Environmentalists blame the flooding not only on the weather but also on the destruction of mangrove forests - crucial to shoreline protection - by the area’s growing population. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Group marks Mangrove Action Day in Odisha
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INDIA - Every year, APOWA (Action for Protection of Wild Animals) has been observing Mangrove Action Day in Odisha. This year too, APOWA observed the same in association with District Environment Society, Kendrapara and Mangrove Forest Division (WL), Rajnagar, Govt. of Odisha at Madanpur High School, Madanpur, Rajnagar on 26th July, 2014. Inaugurating the program, Mr. Gadadhar Patra, Asst. conservator of forest of Mangrove Forest (WL) Division and Bhitarkanika National Park, said that more awareness and required to be raised about conserving mangrove resources in coastal areas. ‘Measures must be taken to create an awareness of the importance role playing mangroves. Mr. Abhimanyu Rout, Head master of the school was presided over the meeting. Totally, 105 students and 20 teachers from the school along with local forest staff participated in this conservation program. READ MORE
 
Mangroves planted to protect new airport from coastal erosion
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INDONESIA – Dozens of schoolchildren and hundreds of university students and soldiers helped to protect Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java, from coastal erosion by planting 10,000 mangroves on Maron Beach on Saturday. Medicine producer PT Phapros donated the mangroves being planted. “We launched the ‘Go Green’ program by planting mangroves on Maron Beach, Semarang, in 2011. We have so far planted 380,000 mangroves in the area,” Phapros’ president director Iswanto said. He said the program had been conducted in cooperation with Diponegoro University’s student community KeSEMaT who shared the company’s concern about mangrove preservation. The planting, according to Iswanto, was also an attempt to educate younger generations to love nature and to develop their support for mangrove conservation. READ MORE
 
Mangroves ‘choked’ by illegal dams constructed for fishing
INDIA – Environmentalists and forest officials are disturbed about the gradual 'choking' and destruction of mangroves along Thane Creek in Airoli, Diva, Ghansoli and Koparkhairane due to illegal construction of dams. Locals built illegal concrete dams to carry out crab farming and fishing there, said sources. "Some locals illegally construct concrete dams around a patch of mangroves, which completely cut its supply of fresh tidal waters, to create an artificial pond where they do crab farming and fishing. But the dam slowly kills the mangroves, as they don't get continuous water supply," said environmentalist D Stalin of NGO Vanashakti. READ MORE
 
New mangroves planted in Eastern Visayas
PHILIPPINES – More than 23 million new mangrove trees have been planted to shield coastal communities in Eastern Visayas from sea level rise, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reported.
As of end of June, 38,221 hectares have been covered by the P38-million coastal reforestation project under the National Greening Program. DENR Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said they are targeting to plant 41.59 million seedlings in coastal areas along Leyte Gulf by the end of the year. “We have seen the protection given by mangroves. In Hernani, Eastern Samar, for instance, the entire town center could have been swept away had there been no mangroves planted in the area. In one village in Tacloban, six people survived by clinging to a mangrove tree,” Mr. Sibbaluca said. In addition, some 9,300 hectares will be planted with a mix of mangroves and beach tree species. “We hope to complete the planting by 2015. READ MORE
 
1,030-ha mangroves to be developed
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INDIA - Officials of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), in association with Rural Development Department, will develop Mangroves (Mada forests) in island villages in Krishna district. The authorities have prepared estimations for developing mada forests and forest lands in around 1,030 hectares, according to Manepalli V.V. Satyanarayana Murty, Mahatma Gandhi Vana Adhikari and Divisional Forest Officer of Krishna, Guntur, West and East Godavari districts. Speaking to the newsmen here on Monday, Mr. Murty said that lands had already been identified in Nagayalanka, Koduru and Palakayatippa areas in the district under Eluru and Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest lands and mangroves would be developed in the next five years by laying channels. READ MORE
 
Editor’s Note : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is the civic body that governs the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra and is India's richest municipal organization.
BMC Tree Authority wants control of mangroves
INDIA - During a meeting with the state government officials, members of the Authority demanded that mangroves be handed over to the BMC, as the state forest department is unable to control rampant encroachment. Rampant encroachment and debris dumping on lands with mangroves has made it difficult for authorities to protect them at a local level. A member of the Tree Authority has, therefore, suggested that mangroves should now be brought under their jurisdiction as well. At the Tree Authority meeting recently, forest department representatives of the state highlighted the issue of mangroves and members agreed that the need to maintain and preserve these trees has now become necessary. In the past, the BMC has received various proposals to maintain mangroves; presently, the controlling power is with the state forest department. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS

Demens Landing residents angered by mangrove's severe cutting
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U.S.A. - An investigation is under way to determine who improperly trimmed a large mangrove tree down to its roots last week at Demens Landing. The problem isn't so much that someone tried to trim the mangrove as much as the way they trimmed it. "That wasn't really trimming, what they did, it was an alteration," said Conor Petren, an environmental specialist for Pinellas County. "Which means, you change the basic nature of the tree by cutting it down to a stub, pretty much." The responsible party will be fined between $100 and $10,000 and will need to propose a method of "mitigation" for the damage, he said. Petren examined the tree on Monday after receiving complaints from residents at the downtown St. Petersburg marina. The tree, which is actually a collection of several trunks, was cut to below 6 feet tall and a large portion of its leaves were removed, against code. The county has strict rules that govern how and when a mangrove can be trimmed or removed. READ MORE
 
EUROPE
 
Turning the tide on mangrove loss
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U.K. - Mangrove forests are one of the most severely threatened and undervalued ecosystems on earth and are being lost at an alarming rate. On November 6 and 7, this topic will be thoroughly discussed during a two-day symposium on mangrove loss. Speakers from around the world (including MAP’s executive director Alfredo Quarto, and former MAP Board member Robin Lewis) will present a series of talks on improving conservation success and influencing policy. The event will showcase initiatives that are being developed around the world to conserve mangrove forests, including the use of mangroves for blue carbon and climate change mitigation.  The symposium will also provide the context for a call to arms for researchers and conservationists to align research objectives and discuss future initiatives. To find out more or to buy tickets. Please visit the website. READ MORE
 
OCEANA
 
Winning artwork depicts mangroves: amazing ecosystems where the land meets the sea.
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AUSTRALIA - A Queenslander, Carole King beat 600 international entrants, with a collage picture of mangroves. As well as being beautiful, this art work educates the viewer about the scientific importance of mangroves, and subtly highlights the danger that human intervention presents for these delicate ecosystems. The mangroves at our respite centre at Laguna Quays near the Whitsundays in Queensland remind me of the wonder I felt as a child when I noticed that the mangrove trees grew differently from those in the paddocks on our farm. I used to be amazed also at the variety of wildlife (including the insects!!!! ) Australia has 11,000 square kilometres of mangrove forests stretching all the way around the vast coastline (except in Tasmania).  There is a growing awareness of the importance of mangroves to the environment, the economy and our overall health. Nowadays, many of the remaining mangrove forests are protected under conservation policies of the various states. There are also grass-roots activities (excuse the Dad-pun) where people can get involved in helping to preserve what we can of our various mangrove forests. READ MORE
 
LAST WORD(S)
 
Dear Alfredo
 
As you know we have waited a long time to get the THE GREEN DISC: NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR A NEW FUTURE 2nd Edition out, and now it is suddenly happening in a rush!
 
We will launch this next month at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia Samoa. Although we will be circulating discs of the 2nd Edition there, we are primarily publishing as a free web resource for people seeking innovative, cost-effective solutions to major energy, environment, and climate change problems, written mainly by the inventors and developers themselves.
 
But we will need YOUR help to do so. PLEASE ask YOUR OWN non-profit or company if they can be a sponsor to help the world-wide dissemination of your own and many other cutting-edge problem-solving technologies that need to be more widely applied. The Global Coral Reef Alliance and the Soil Carbon Alliance, two groups I head, will both use some of their scarce funds to do so.
 
Thanks again for your involvement in this important project.
 
Best wishes,
The Editors: Tom Goreau, Lon Gibby, Kevin Hill, Al Binger, Mallika Naguran, and Delroy Green.
THE GREEN DISC: NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR A NEW FUTURE



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MAP News Issue 345 - August 16, 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
345th Edition                                August 16, 2014

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Action Alerts:

Your Century! Event Information
On Friday 21st November, 2014, 200 young people will go on a journey across continents, exploring environmental problems and their solutions.
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CBEMR work on Klang Island, Krabi is Finally Underway –
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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has prepared a statement to world leaders on the serious risks posed by climate change. By clicking here you can add your name.
 
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

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
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Exclusive Interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mangrove Action Project - See more
  
Save the Date! XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015 READ MORE
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS


Pre-Order your 2015 Calendar
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Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
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New information shreds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
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Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
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It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
 
—Mahatma Gandhi


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MANGROVE ISSUES 

View New Videos posted by MAP Asia intern, Delphine. CLICK HERE
 
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

View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel

“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

FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT THESE SIGHTS
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Education In The Mangroves
Six minute video features discussion of Mangrove Action Project’s Mangrove Curriculum VIEW THE VIDEO
 
Article in Canada's Green Teacher Magazine -
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"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

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FEATURED STORY
Mangrovia Joins MAP’s Marvellous Mangroves August 2014
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USA - 2014 has so far been a busy year for MAP’s Marvellous Mangroves curriculum -­‐ perhaps one of our busiest. Beginning in January Education Director Martin Keeley visited Kenya where initial work has started on translating into Swahili and adapting Marvellous Mangroves for schools in that country. Later that month he visited Freeport, Bahamas, where students and teachers enjoyed a two-­‐day workshop. Meanwhile, MAP associate Mafruza Khan joined students and members of CLEAN Khulna in the Sundarbans to conduct a trial run of various activities. Work continues in Khulna on translation to Bangla as well as adaptation to local flora and fauna, and teacher workshops are planned for early 2015. The summer has been exceptionally busy. It started with a joint workshop held in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, with co-­‐sponsors Blue Forests. Founder Ben Brown organised the translation and adaptation of Marvellous Mangroves for use in Indonesia, and it was launched at a 3-­‐day teachers’ workshop at PPLH Puntondo, Takala, South Sulawesi with 30 teachers attending as well as a surprise afternoon visit from 15 schoolchildren (grades 5-7). READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Mangrove Forests Under Siege of Illegal Human Activities
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TANZANIA - Mangroves grow along coastal areas in deltas where cold water river enters the ocean. Tanzania is one of few countries which have been blessed with mangrove forests, with an estimated 115,000 total hectares of the trees. According to scientists, there are about nine species of mangroves in the country. Variations of species and their location are the key factors which determine the growth and size. The trees produce their own natural treatment that protects them against all types of insects and other harmful organisms. The trees offer a number of benefits, one being protecting beaches and coastal areas against storms. The importance of mangrove forests was evident during Tsunami catastrophe in 2004 in Southern Asia, where areas which had mangrove forests were less affected compared to those with bare beaches. For quite a number of years, the trees have been hunted as they are sold at higher prices in local and international market due to their high quality. The trees are mostly sought for construction especially in tourist hotels. They are also wanted for boat making, charcoal, furniture and building houses. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Mangrove loss, dredging blamed in Holiday deaths
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PAKISTAN - The death toll from the Eid holiday drowning tragedy rose to 34 after 11 more bodies were recovered from the Arabian Sea. Political parties called for an independent inquiry into the incident which, according to a fisherfolk organization, occurred mainly because of growing human intervention in the sea by the DHA and port authorities. Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) chairman Mohammed Ali Shah said three factors had made the Karachi beach a dangerous point. First, mangroves on the coastal area have been cut. This has intensified tidal waves. Second, dredging activity by the port authorities and reclaiming of lands by the DHA have increased. The PFF chief believed that there should be no commercial activities in an area within 500 metres from the beach. Third, police and the administration have failed to make security and other arrangements, especially during holidays and weekends. READ MORE
 
Sunderbans Mangrove Trees Losing Capacity to Absorb CO2
BANGLADESH – The vast mangrove forest in the Sunderbans is fast losing its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases, from the atmosphere due to rise in the salinity of water, rampant deforestation and pollution, a study has found. The mangrove forest, marsh grass, phytoplanktons, molluscus and other coastal vegetation in the world's largest delta are the natural absorbers of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the study. The stored carbon in the plants is known as "Blue Carbons". The absorption of CO2 is a process which contributes to reduction of the warming of the earth and other ill effects of climate change. The research study, "Blue Carbon Estimation in Coastal Zone of Eastern India - Sunderbans", was financed by the Union government and headed by noted marine scientist Abhijit Mitra. The report took three years to prepare and it was submitted to the government last year. READ MORE
 
Report says mangrove cover unchanged for nine years, activists aghast
INDIA - Maharashtra's mangrove cover has remained unchanged at 186 sq km for nearly a decade, according to an environment ministry report that was questioned by activists and forest officials alike. Titled India State of Forest Report 2013, the report has been prepared by the Dehradun-based Forest Survey of India by using remote sensing data. It says that India's mangrove cover measures 4,628 sq km or 0.14% of the total area; "compared with the 2011 assessment, there has been a net decrease of 34 sq km." The drop has been noted in West Bengal on account of exclusion of creeks and in Gujarat. READ MORE
 
German help for proposed mangrove sanctuary in Airoli
INDIA - The state forest department has tied up with a German government agency, GIZ, to create a marine interpretation centre (MIC) along the Airoli coast of the Thane creek. A unique urban mangrove sanctuary for the public to enjoy open wetland spaces is to be created by the centre. The MIC is expected to be ready by next year. "MIC will be akin to the Nehru Science Centre in Worli; only, it will be on a grander scale covering the northern tip of Thane creek, and dealing with environmental science and wetlands," chief conservator of forests (mangroves cell) N Vasudevan said on Monday. "It can be an ideal place for students and the public at large who want to know and enjoy nature." READ MORE
 
Mangrove forest conservation measures proposed
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VIETNAM - Mangrove forests develop in shallow water, such as in gulfs and estuaries sheltered by capes, narrow straits or along coasts protected by archipelagos. Although they account for a small part of Viet Nam's forests, they provide an important role in the preservation and protection of coastal and estuarine regions, habitat provision, storm protection, erosion control and carbon sequestration, said Phan Huy Thong, director of the National Agriculture Extension Centre. Mangrove forests are present in 20 provinces and cities in the country, mostly in the south, and have diverse species, Thong told participants at a forum organised by the centre and the Ca Mau Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Mangroves in 1943 covered 408,500ha but due to aquaculture and urban development, the country has lost nearly 60 per cent of its mangrove forest over the last 70 years, to only 166,000ha now, he said. "Coastal erosion and higher levels of sea water caused by climate change have contributed to mangrove forest reduction," said Nhu Van Ky, an expert of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry's Department of Forest Development. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Mangroves already on the move in Southwest Florida
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USA - The spidery-looking mangroves stretch about 60 feet from the seawall guarding Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. The plants separate the park from the Caloosahatchee River and provide welcome greenery. But they have nowhere to move, which means they're doomed to drown in the next hundred years due to sea level rise. In the past, mangroves have dealt with sea level rise and fall through their ability to migrate and "build land" around them. However, as the rate of sea level rise accelerated during the 20th century, mangroves became less effective at building land, said Kevin Cunniff, research coordinator for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in an emailed response to The News-Press. The issue for many of Southwest Florida's mangroves is a lack of space. Coastal development and erosion control structures like the seawall at Centennial Park prevent the trees from migrating away from the rising seas. READ MORE

Fishermen plant mangroves
VENEZUELA - Fishermen recently established some 400 starts of black and red mangroves in Amuay Bay, and revived hopes of greening the area. The group’s aim was to progressively re-establish environmental conditions, improve the ancestral territory’s way of life for their communities and to protect the Bay’s natural carbon sinks. Volunteers gathered Saturday August 2nd to plant mangroves in coastal wetlands of the Bay Amuay, in the town Los Taques. The day began at 8:30 am and was attended by students from Community Service and Environmental Engineering, University of Falcón (UDEFA), representatives of the GNB Environmental Guard, fisherfolk and environmentalists AEPA Falcon and delegates Redmanglar Internacional. MORE ON REMANGLAR
 
Community doubts Plans Aim for Adequate Protection for Mangroves
EL SALVADORE - A future tourist investment to be made in the mangrove area located in Jiquilisco, Usulutan, does not necessarily mean joy for the members of the 24 families of La Tirana community in the Bajo Lempa. Nahum Adam Diaz, leader of the Association of Communities of Mangrove Bay Jiquilisco said they are concerned about the supposed "privatization of access to the sea." "It's a big problem for us because some ask mangrove grant, which for us is the anchor that gives life to all who surround him," said Diaz. "Since 2007 we have protected this forest, we have provided handling and feel like owners, and I think we have the right to be considered," said the leader. READ MORE

 
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