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MAP News Issue 364, May 16th, 2015

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364th Edition                                May 16, 2015

FEATURE STORY

Sri Lanka first nation to protect all mangrove forests
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SRI LANKA - Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests. A scheme backed by the government will include alternative job training, replanting projects and microloans. Mangroves are considered to be one of the world's most at-risk habitats, with more than half being lost or destroyed in the past century. Conservationists hope other mangrove-rich nations will follow suit and adopt a similar protection model. Commenting on the agreement, Sri Lanka President Maithreepala Sirisena said: "It is the responsibility and the necessity of all government institutions, private institutions, non-government organisations, researchers, intelligentsia and civil community to be united to protect the mangrove ecosystem." The Sri Lankan government is a joint partner overseeing the measures, alongside global NGO Seacology, and Sri Lanka-based Sudeesa, which was formerly known as the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka. READ MORE


AFRICA

Unilateral Boundary Demarcation by Herakles Farms Causes Tensions
CAMEROON – The people of Mokange village in Mundemba subdivision spotted unidentified persons conducting land demarcations of their forest. This information was conveyed to SEFE by the proposed chief of Mokange and two elites who informed SEFE of the presence of some 30 persons working for Herakles Farms who had come to the Talangaye area. After spotting the people demarcating the forest, the villagers quickly contacted the Divisional Officer (D.O) for Mundemba, who told the people that his office was not aware of the exercise. As tensions heightened, the company dispatched its Community Relations Manager, Daniel Agoons, to the concerned villages to appease the population. Danial Agoons is said to have visited the following villages: Mokange, Lipenja, Kuma, and Esoki Bima. In all four villages, Agoons made apologies to the people on behalf of Herakles Farms for demarcating their lands without consulting or informing them. Herakles Farms had previously promised to pay the villagers 50,000 frs per month, starting in 2010, following the signing of MoUs with chiefs and supporters. But they have still not started making these payments. Agoons told the villagers that these amounts will be paid as arrears without specifying when they would be made. READ MORE

ASIA

Survey on mangroves to be out soon
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INDIA – A comprehensive survey report on mangroves in the district will be released soon, District Collector P. Bala Kiran has said. Inaugurating a seminar on mangrove forests in Kerala, he said the procedure for takeover of the mangrove areas by the government was in the final phase. The district has nearly 2,500 acres of mangrove vegetation spread over 32 villages, and collective efforts are required for its conservation, he said. Environmental activist Khaleel Chovva, delivering the keynote address at the seminar, called for wetlands of Kattampally to be declared as Ramser a site. Participants of the seminar included environmental experts who spoke on various issues relating to the conservation of the biodiversity-rich ecosystem in the upper reaches of estuaries, lagoons and backwaters of the coastal districts of the State. READ MORE

Mangrove crusader Pokkudan to start mangrove school
INDIA - Mangrove crusader and environmentalist Kallen Pokkudan is slowly giving a concrete shape to his long-cherished green dream a school to train the young generation about the importance of mangrove conservation. Probably this is the first such institute in the country, he says without any claim. Though there are umpteen organizations, including nongovernmental organizations, working in the field of environment conservation, there was no serious effort to protect mangroves or teach the society about its importance in preventing natural calamities and environmental equilibrium. "So, I decided that I should only venture into that mission too, as I had planted hundreds of mangroves in different parts of the state, against all odds," said Pokkudan. "When I planted mangroves here nearly 25 years ago, I was termed mad and the local CPM leaders even turned against me. Time proved that I was right. So this school has a historic relevance as it is a continuation of that mission," he said. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Gaston Browne: Don't let Chinese Developers break laws conserving our Marine Protected Areas.
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ANTIQUA - Recently a Chinese development company purchased some 1600 acres of undeveloped waterfront land with the intention of creating hundreds of villas, several marinas and luxury hotels, a casino, a school, a hospital, a horse racing track and two golf courses. All of it lies within an incredibly delicate marine ecosystem which is currently protected by the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda. Among several laws which aim to conserve this national treasure is a section within the Fisheries Act dealing with Marine Protected Areas. All of the coastline within this project are within the North East Marine Management Area (NEMMA) which was designated a Marine Protected Area in 2005. Despite this, plans show vast marsh lands, mangroves, flats, reefs and nesting vegetation cleared to make way for the project. This would mean laws either being broken or changed for the developer. This can not be permitted to happen. READ MORE

Half violated environment
BRAZIL -  Late 2014 and early 2015 were catastrophic for the environment in Brazil. Several media reports show how the nature has been "raped". And the eternal contradiction between theory and practice is more than this in Brazilian politics. Deforestation in the Amazon continues to grow - according to information produced by the Deforestation Alert System (SAD), the Institute of Man and Environment in the Amazon (Imazon). In the month of January 2015 were cleared 2 288 km, representing an increase of 195% over the same month in 2014. In February and March were deforested respectively 42 km 2:58 km2, representing, in relation to 2014, increases of 169% and 282%. The cumulative devastation August 2014 to March 2015 reached 1761 km 2, equivalent to an increase of 214% over the same previous monitoring period. Contrary international efforts, Brazil refused to sign the "Declaration of New York on Forests", during the Summit of Climate that took place in September 2014. This statement, considered a letter of intent was signed by more than 30 countries (United States, Canada, European Union and others), plus dozens of companies, environmental organizations and indigenous peoples. Once implemented can halve the felling of forests in the world by 2020 and zero by complete deforestation by 2030. LEA MAS EN ESPANOL

14 environmental groups raise their voices to demand a halt to the destruction of wetlands in Panama
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PANAMA – The battle for wetlands in Panama City has a new episode. Fourteen groups in defense of Wetlands of Panama made an appeal to the state to stop the destruction of wetlands and "recognize the urgent need to halt the destruction of wetlands'. In a letter that was sent yesterday and in which five points, including stringent requirements on the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) by the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) are included. In addition, the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) will require more detail to determine the cause of the destruction of mangroves and their impact on communities; the Ministry of Housing and Land Management require you to meet the standards to protect mangroves. In its request, the ANAM asked to 'act is demanding and that all projects that seek to destroy wetlands are not admitted with a lower Category Category III EIA, considering their cumulative impacts'. Another point that Community Organization Users of Wetlands he requested the authorities is to ensure public consultation with accurate and updated information, and no recurrence cases whose EIA omitted consulting the communities of several provinces. LEA MAS EN ESPANOL

Whigham Elementary’s Earth Day features mangroves and butterflies
USA - More than 400 students participated in an all-day event called “Birds, Blooms, Butterflies and Bees” as part of International Global Youth Service Days. “The event was coordinated with help from Whigham students participating in Youth Service America’s Semester of Service as part of a State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant,” said Adrian Delesdernier, a third grade science, social studies and WAVE (Whigham Aquatic Visionary Explorers) teacher. Delesdernier and three other Whigham teachers — Sue Cummings, Dionie DeSilva and Louis Saenz — were recipients of a $2,000 grant for the 2014-15 school year to help promote service learning among 80 students. During their semester of service, students learned how to identify environmental issues and propose solutions that benefit the community. READ MORE

Marine biologist in Haiti creates a national park
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HAITI – A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti's north coast has won a prominent US environmental activism prize. Jean Wiener was awarded a Goldman Environmental Foundation prize for his efforts to establish the Caribbean nation’s first Marine Protected Areas while working with local communities to promote sustainable fishing practices and preserve mangrove forests. In awarding the $175,000 prize, the Goldman foundation highlighted Wiener's efforts in overcoming extreme poverty and political instability in Haiti, a country with few full-time environmentalists and almost no government programs to protect natural resources. READ MORE

LAST WORD(S)

Hi all

I am contacting you because of your prior interest in tidal wetlands, mangroves and or saltmarsh habitats around Australia.

This message flags the launch of our first website for the Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Network (AMSN). The site is generously supported by Dr Damien Burrows, Director of TropWATER, and James Cook University. The url is: www.amsn.net.au. Please check it out soon.

Note that, while our network is informal, it is active and growing fast. To keep things so, we rely on individual contributions and donations from our special stakeholders. This years meeting was well attended in Wollongong. It was led by Dr Kerrylee Rogers, and hosted by UoW along with support from TNC and the NSW Dept. Environment & Heritage.

If you are interested in continuing your interest and involvement in the network, please register using the website portal. It is free! Being registered will guarantee you will get the latest news and updates from AMSN members, the best methods for habitat assessment & evaluation, the best ways to restore damaged sites, and early news about AMSN meetings. And, there is a lot more likely ... the network is as good as its memberS.

For example, as a result of the Wollongong meeting, a position paper is in preparation about national policy issues regards mangrove habitat in Australia. This professional view is much needed to emphasis further that while tidal wetlands are profoundly beneficial, they are also seriously threatened. At best, these shoreline habitats face an uncertain future.

For those who can make it to the next annual meeting, I hope to see you in Darwin next year.

Best regards: Norm Duke
AMSN Facilitator
Mangrove Biologist, TropWATER JCU
CEO Director, MangroveWatch Ltd
E: aus.msnet@gmail.com

This is Toe Aung @ Myanmar.

It is very delighted to inform you that I have been selected by the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Without your contribution, I would not have achieved this scholar. I also understand one of the strong points in my application was with the invitation letter from you. Thank you very much for your support.I will try the best to complete my program under your guidance and supervision.

For your reference, please kindly find attached my proposed theme in the application that was basically prepared by following your fields of research. In this regard, please let me know if there are anything I should prepare from my country in advance.

Since now, I may receive a couple of questions from the Fulbright program regarding my accommodation at your institution. So, let me get back to you with some points they would like to know, particularly the possible time frame and condition of office space you can provide for me.

Again, thank you very much for your support. I also never forget Jim Enright and Robin Lewis who did great efforts to introduce me with you all. Then, I will write a separated letter to them for special thanks.

I look forward to working together with you soon for mangroves as well as water.


Sincerely,


Toe Aung, PhD.
Mangrove Section
Watershed Management Division
Forest Department






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INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITY BACKS GUIANA ISLAND PROTEST



Over 800 signatures in first 24 hours 
of petition against environmental law-breaking in Antigua 

An international environmental organisation has given its backing to a growing protest in Antigua against a massive development on its environmentally protected North shore. The announcement came on the same day as the Antigua Conversation Society launched a petition which gained more than 800 signatures in the first 24 hours. 

The Mangrove Action Project, which is a global network focusing on viable, long term solutions to halt and prevent mangrove destruction, says that it is deeply concerned by the plans published by Chinese development corporation YIDA. YIDA has purchased the 1600 acres of land, including mangrove-rich Guiana Island, with the intention of developing the US$1billion Singulari resort. The resort will feature hundreds of villas, several marinas, luxury hotels, a casino, school and two golf courses. 

The area is in the 3,100 hectare North East Marine Management Area (NEMMA). In order to be carried out legally the project needs an Environmental Impact Assessment being submitted under the Physical Planning Act 2003. There is also a requirement for permission to be sought from the Fisheries Division under the Fisheries Act 2006 for any pruning or removal of mangroves, which must improve the environment. 

Mangrove Action Project Chairman of the Board Roger de Freitas said: “The next generation of Antiguans will be very grateful that these laws were enforced. Mangroves are the fish nurseries for the Caribbean. It is difficult, although not impossible, to restore them. In Mexico the Chinese have just been ordered to restore a huge area of mangroves they destroyed in order to build an industrial centre near Cancun. It would be a great shame if Antigua became yet another case in a sequence of Caribbean mangrove destruction.” 

Species which make their homes in the NEMMA include many of the 182 species of Antiguan and Barbudan birds such as the endangered West Indian Whistling Duck, the Lesser Antillean Flycatcher and Bullfinch, egrets, and Carib doves. There are also Hawksbill turtles which nest on the beaches, snapper and many other fish, lobsters, coral, sponges, conch, and seagrass as well as the ecologically vital mangroves. In 2005, the NEMMA was declared a marine protected area under the Fisheries (Marine Reserve Area) Notice No 36. 

Alarm about the development is spreading in Antigua, with the Antigua Conservation Society launching an online petition yesterday (12th May) asking Prime Minister Gaston Browne not to let Chinese developers break the laws which conserve Antigua’s marine protected areas. The petition gathered a massive total of more than 800 signatures in the first 24 hours.

 The group says it believes while the majority of Antiguans support economic growth, jobs and development in the country, they don’t want it at the expense of the island’s precious environment. Director of Adventure Antigua Eco Tours and founder of the Antigua Conservation Society, Eli Fuller, said: "The Siboney were the first humans settling here in Antigua and Barbuda.

They lived in the shadows of our coastal vegetation some 4000 years ago and were sustained by the ecosystems that were rooted there among the mangroves. Tourism has been in these islands only since the 1950s, and already we have removed much of the same vegetation that sustained life here until its arrival. Only time will tell how long tourism will continue to be an integral part of our lives here in Antigua and Barbuda. It's a very fickle industry to rely upon with so many threats from so many angles that could make tourism a distant memory of the past...... just like the Siboney. 

What will happen when tourism is no longer able to provide food for our nation? It is then that we will need to rely more heavily than ever before on the natural resources and of course this will be impossible if they continue to destroy them. It's time for the words sustainable development to become more than words." Amongst those protesting the development is Antiguan-born Ziffy Tyrrell who said: “People are really alarmed at these plans and the bullying tone of some of the speeches made in regard to them, calling those of us concerned about the environment a ‘minority’. 

There has been no consultation with local people and fishermen in Parham, and no wider information about the nature of the plans given to Antiguans. Long term, we are worried about the impact on our fragile island, particularly the fishing culture which is already struggling due to the effects of climate change and the decline of our reefs.” Antiguan environmental campaigner Martin Dudley said: “Successive Antiguan Governments have sadly failed to stop our island heading for environmental catastrophe. Our landfill site is overflowing, there is no recycling system in place in Antigua, our water and electricity supplies are unreliable and already at full stretch, and vast swathes of mangroves have already been decimated by development. “

This latest project could result in the collapse of the north sound ecosystem which is now critical to Antigua’s reefs and fisheries due to the historical loss of other mangroves. We’ve had enough of our concerns being ignored, and want to work with the Government and YIDA to ensure any future development is within the law and protects our ecosystem. The new Zoning plan designates this area for “environmental protection”, this is not new news!”



Contact details:
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Eli Fuller 1 268 725 7263
eliantigua@gmail.com
Ziffy Tyrrell (+1268) 721-3051
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Martin Dudley 1 268 722 3564
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

MAP News Issue 363, May 2. 2015

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The MAP News
363rd Edition                                May 2, 2015


FEATURE STORY

Innovative project helps women conserve mangroves
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CAMEROON - About 400 women in Cameroon’s coastal zones are contributing to environmental conservation by smoking fish with fish scales and kitchen waste as alternatives to using wood from mangrove forests. In Cameroon, mangrove forests — made up of salt-tolerant trees and shrubs found between small streams and the sea — are in danger of becoming extinct because of the tendency of women to harvest them for smoking fish. “Since 2009 when we got in contact with Organisation pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable (OPED), we learnt to smoke fish using fish scales and kitchen waste, [which add] add local aroma and the result is an even better colour and taste,”says one of the beneficiaries, Wendi Eko, a fish smoker in Kribi, Cameroon.  “Before then we used mangrove wood to smoke fish because we obtained a good colouration and better taste than wood from tall trees of the dryland.” READ MORE

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Mangroves battling after Mobeni oil leak
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SOUTH AFRICA - Delicate ecosystems affected by a fire that ripped through a cooking oil refinery in Mobeni last month are struggling to recover. Mangroves in the Bayhead area, spanning about 15ha and home to numerous land and aquatic species, were hard hit by the fire and resultant oil leak. The fire – which raged for six hours and was possibly caused by an electrical fault – started at 4am at Africa Sun Oil Refineries, which produces cooking oil, beauty and laundry soap and margarine.  Reaching temperatures of 1 300°C, the blaze ruptured one of the pipes, causing the unprocessed oil to leak into the canals nearby and end up in the mangroves. The company has not disclosed how much oil leaked into the ecosystem, and the site – being investigated by the Department of Labour – has still not been released back to the company. READ MORE
 
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World Earth Day: Environmental Education and Community Development Camp
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THAILAND - In celebration of World Earth Day on the 22nd of April 2015, MAP Asia held a two and a half day environmental education and community development camp in Bang Kang Kao community, Trang province one of the GNF (Global Nature Fund) sites between the 20th and 22nd of April. This camp involved around 20 facilitators including staff from MAP, members of the community, and student volunteers from Surat Thani Rajabhat University and staff from the Bang Kang Kao School. The objective of this camp was two fold; provide the Bang Kang Khao School with mangrove awareness display exhibits and expand the environmental education knowledge of of 21 students in years four and five, with a focus on mangrove ecosystems. READ MORE

Rampant mining damaging one of China's largest mangroves - and authorities 'turning blind eye'
CHINA – Illegal "rampant quarrying" has damaged one of mainland China's largest mangrove reserves in southern west Guangxi autonomous region say villagers, who accuse local authorities of "receiving benefits in return for turning a blind eye". Nineteen huge open limestone pits - some up to 40 metres deep and stretching over an area of more than 1,300 square metres - have been dug in the mangrove forests and tidal flats of Hepu county where locals once farmed shrimps and crabs. The mining had caused ecological damage, and air and noise pollution, The Beijing News reported. A villager in Dushan told the Sunday Morning Post that quarrying in the area - which comes under the administration of coastal Beihai city - had been going on for about a decade, but intensified in recent years. READ MORE
 
Note from the Exec. Dir. - Discovering slave labor aboard fishing boats coming so close to Earth Day should be a wake up call to all who are so drowsy as to not see the problem runs deeper than slave ships plying the waters of SE Asia to put food on the plates of wealthy importing nations, who can afford the higher prices for their imported seafood. Butt in the long run, can humanity afford the price of such deep rooted wrongs? All of these issues from human rights abuse, food insecurity, climate change and countless wars and engendered violence point to a civilization seriously needing to reflect upon itself. Where humankind is not so kind and the food we consume is poisoned by chemicals, blood and slavery, by the end of the day, our means to our ends will determine our end.   Perhaps, it's time to question where our diets are bound to, and make sure they are not food chains of slavery. Alfredo Q.
Associated Press links slave fishing labor to Thai Union, prominent U.S. firms
THAILAND - The Associated Press (AP) on Tuesday linked seafood products harvested by slave laborers on fishing boats in Indonesia to major seafood companies around the world, including Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), Thailand’s largest seafood corporation and one of the largest in the world. Its article, titled “Are slaves catching the fish you buy?” details oppressive living and working conditions for laborers, mostly from Myanmar, one of the world’s poorest nations, on fishing boats and in isolated locations in Indonesia. Those considered flight risks are often locked up as prisoners. The AP then linked the products the workers harvested to major international and U.S. seafood companies like TUF, California distributor Santa Monica Seafood, Stavis Seafoods in Boston and retail giants like Walmart, Kroger and Safeway and foodservice distributor Sysco. READ MORE
 
Mangrove cell, MSEB see red over destruction of greens in Airoli
INDIA – Hundreds mangrove trees on a five-acre plot near the Airoli Kalba complex get destroyed, but no one knows who did it. While the Maharashtra state mangrove cell officials, who visited the site on Friday, claimed the trees were hacked for construction of an electricity tower undertaken by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB), the latter has denied the allegations. HT had reported how more than 100 mangrove trees in sector 20 were felled, in a breach of the 2005 high court order that bans destruction of mangrove forests across the state, and also within 50m of the vegetation. “The trees have been hacked with the Centre’s permission to make way for high-tension transmission lines passing through the area and a new tower that is coming up,” said N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forests of the mangrove cell. READ MORE

Shrimpers get crabby about EMS, low prices
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THAILAND - Shrimp farmers are calling for urgent aid measures to ease their plight caused by the double blow of early mortality syndrome (EMS) and falling prices. Representatives of 3,000 small shrimp farms, hatchery operators, processing factories and related industries led by Banchong Nisapavanich, chairman of the Thai Shrimp Farmers Federation, and Somsak Paneetatyasai, president of the Thai Shrimp Association , filed a request letter yesterday with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. They have asked his administration to help stabilise the local white shrimp or vannamei prices, ease financial liquidity for exporters, tackle the early mortality syndrome, and list shrimp on the national agenda, meaning the industry is worthy of special treatment and care from authorities. The coalition also called on the government to work out measures to control the appreciation of the baht in order to increase Thai shippers export competitiveness. READ MORE
 
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Jean Wiener - Islands and Island Nations 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient
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HAITI - In a country plagued by extreme poverty and political instability, Jean Wiener led community efforts to establish the nation’s first Marine Protected Areas by empowering Haitians to see the long-term value in sustainably managing fisheries and mangrove forests. Haiti is home to an incredibly diverse array of marine life, housed in mangrove forests and coastal reefs. It is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living in poverty. Natural disasters and political instability have further hampered the nation’s ability to create meaningful economic opportunities for its citizens. Driven by extreme poverty, many Haitians have resorted to overfishing. Fish stocks have been further decimated as locals cut down mangrove trees—key habitat for young fish—to illegally make and sell charcoal. Others have turned to harvesting coral reefs, which also provide protection and shelter for fish, for construction material such as rocks and lime. READ MORE
 
Manifesto of Earth Day REDMANGLAR
HONDURAS - In the present context there is little to celebrate, the rate of destruction of our natural systems accelerated from just over 50 years, as in any other period of humanity. Although more and more information about current and future effects of climate change worldwide have not taken steps to stop burning fossil fuels measures, the main source of CO2 production. Nor has effort managed to effectively reduce deforestation and loss of forests and woodlands. The loss of forests continues at an alarming rate, even organizations like FAO, indicate that the "reduction of forest land use caused by deforestation over a period of 20 years, is offset by the increase in forest area." What it does not say is that often is considered within this increase in forest area, large monoculture tree plantations or oil palm, responsible for deforestation in many countries, loss of biodiversity and indigenous territories. READ MORE
 
Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA
USA - If you’re one of many people who eat shrimp regularly, this may give you pause: A new study by Consumer Reports found that 60% of the raw shrimp that it tested was tainted with bacteria, including some with a dangerous, drug-resistant strain. Most shrimp is farmed in exporting countries like Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia, which provide 94% of the US supply. And conditions are pretty gross: If ponds aren’t properly managed, “a sludge of fecal matter, chemicals and excess food can build up and decay,” Consumer Reports said in its study, “How Safe is Your Shrimp?” Shrimp are often given heavy doses of antibiotics to ward off bacteria and algae that thrive in their crowded tanks and ponds. READ MORE
 
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MAGROVES – An Asset to Treasure
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FRANCE - The   CNRS (Centre National  de la Recherche Scientifique,  National Center for Scientific Research) and IRD ( Institut de Recherche pour le développement,  Institute for Research and Development), two of the most important  French  Research Institutes, have decreed the year 2015 as "Mangrove's Year". Within the framework of this Mangrove's Year, different actions are underway or planned: specific research programs, workshops, scientific papers, and also articles aimed at the general public, photographic exhibitions, etc..  Research teams are studying mangroves across the globe to explore the crucial role these ecosystems play for the well-being of local populations and the planet. READ MORE

LAST WORD(S)

 Hello All,
 
It is with real sadness that I have to say that my time is over here in Thailand. One month really has not been enough!
 
A huge thank you for the opportunity to work with a great organisation, I have learned so much and made lifetime memories. I have been inspired by the hard work that everyone puts in to make this work so successful.  I hope that I can cross paths with many of you in the future and be back in Thailand to visit again very soon.
 
Thanks again,
--
Emily Godfrey
MAP-Asia Office Development & Field Project Assistant (Intern)



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