Thursday, July 17, 2014

MAP NEWS ISSUE 343 - July 19, 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
343rd Edition                                July 19, 2014

Mangrove Action Project

Action Alerts:

July 26th is Mangrove Action Day
Be sure to let us know what your group is doing. Send photos and stories and we'll attempt to include them in our upcoming newsletters.

 
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. This creative contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangrove forests, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas. Help us launch this program in your school by contacting science and art teachers in your area and encourage them to work together on this fun and innovative project. READ MORE

SHARE MAP'S VISION 
Please spread the word by sharing MAP's latest effort to raise awareness of mangroves and the role they play in global climate change mitigation CLICK HERE to watch short introductory video. Together we can work "at the roots of the sea". 

SUPPORT HONKO's WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
For several years now the Honko Team has been working closely with a local women’s association which creates and sells hand-woven products (purses, baskets, etc.) made of locally available, sustainably harvested reeds, whose shop and business were hit hard by cyclone Haruna last year. We’re writing you all to share with you this venture that has become very important to us, and to let you know about the crowdfunding campaign that we have launched for these women, which runs July 1st until July 30th. (check it out here!).
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
 
We continue our protest!
A global alliance of hundreds of NGOs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe have been protesting for several years against WWF, its Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue and its lack of concern for the environment and local peoples’ livelihoods. READ MORE
  
Petitioning Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, et al - No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica

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
Volunteer Needed for Mangrove Ecosystem Monitoring Program READ MORE
 
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS

Order your 2014 Calendar
2014cld-300x225 
 
Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
Sign the Petition
 

New information shreds 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


 
URGENT - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

MAP’s VOLUNTEER INTERNS HELP MAP MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
READ 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
International Mangrove Action Day is July 26
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The International Day for the Protection of Mangroves was formally institutionalized in 2004 at the Second Assembly of the International Redmanglar, umbrella organization of communities, organizations, scholars, scientists and activists, for the defense and protection of the mangrove ecosystems. The celebration of this day has its origins in 1998, when traditional fishers of Ecuadoran mangrove forests joined forces with environmental organizations and representatives of Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and the United States, the national and international press and the crew of the ship "Rainbow Warrior" of GreenPeace. The action sought to restore mangrove dynamics in response to illegal shrimp farming in the area. Mangrove Action Day aims to promote the importance of mangroves, as one of the most important and productive ecosystems on the planet, highlighting the multiple benefits for local communities and biodiversity and ecological processes. The day is also a day to remember the importance of mangroves as natural buffers against the effects of storms, hurricanes and tsunamis; and support livelihoods of human communities that depend directly or indirectly from it. READ MORE (en espanol)
 
AFRICA
 
FAO supports mangrove planting in coastal areas
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SIERRA LEONE - Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with the West African Rural Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has supported the Tombo Community to embark on massive mangrove planting in the coastal land. The planting process witnessed the overwhelming participation of women and men from nine villages in the Tombo Community who are in dire demand of mangrove trees in the coastal land. According to the Assistant FAO Representative, Programmes, Joseph Brima, the project is a pilot phase of the support for sustainable Climate Change Adaptation for marine artisanal fisheries communities, and it is simultaneously implemented in Sierra Leone, Senegal and the Gambia. Brima stated that the pilot phase of the project is targeting the Portee and Tombo communities who during a meeting with FAO proposed the planting of trees as a major step to be taken in order to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
‘Protect mangroves, mudflats or flamingoes may not return’
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INDIA - The government has sanctioned a project by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) to study the migration system of 'lesser flamingoes', the smallest species of the bird. Once a regular visitor to Sewri mudflats and Thane creek, these flamingoes are now a near extinct species. The project, said to be a first such exercise, is scheduled to begin in October, when the migratory birds start arriving in the city. However, conservationists are worried that these mudflats may have lost or will soon lose their distinction of being a second home to these migratory birds if they are not protected. The creek has been under constant threat from slum encroachments, discharge of effluents from industrial units in the Thane-Belapur industrial complex, reclamation for industrial projects and debris dumping. A professor with St John, the Baptish Junior College in Thane, Clara Correia had complained to Kopri police that debris is being dumped in huge quantities along the Thane creek which is destroying the mangroves. "There has been systematic destruction of the wetland by cutting off inflow of water, indiscriminate burning and encouraging cattle grazing,'' she said. READ MORE
 
Diesel pipeline ruptures at Kamothe, mangroves in Taloja at risk if it rains
INDIA - A rupture in an HPCL pipeline near the under-construction Kamothe toll plaza has resulted in spillage of at least 50,000 litres of diesel. The rupture occurred around noon on Thursday and the Kalamboli fire station received information about it at 1pm. The fuel spilled into a drainage channel next to the pipeline, but its flow was restricted along a length of 800 metres between two blocks. Work on pumping out the fuel is expected to last till Friday evening. If it rains heavily by then, there is a risk of the diesel overflowing and entering Taloja creek, thus affecting mangroves. The fire station's in-charge, M D Naik, said, "Liquid suction vehicles have been brought by the HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) for the recovery operation. The pipeline starts from Chembur and ends in Pune. Because of concretization and widening of the highway, the pipeline is now buried underground." READ MORE http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Diesel-pipeline-ruptures-at-Kamothe-mangroves-in-Taloja-at-risk-if-it-rains/articleshow/38564700.cms
 
Fishermen claim livelihood affected by lost mangroves
MALAYSIA – A 20ha stretch of mangrove forests on the banks of Sungai Dinding near Kampung Baru Setiawan, about 10km from Setiawan, has been cleared and is believed to be causing extensive damage to the ecosystem. Residents claim the land-clearing activities have caused the native aquatic wildlife population, insects and birds to drastically dwindle and affect the fishing community. It is learned that the stretch of mangroves is part of the 101ha Batu Undan permanent forest reserve de-gazetted by the state government in May 2009. The residents claim the trees were only felled a few months ago. The destruction has affected many who make their living off natural resources, claims village head Khairi Badrin, 47. “The mangroves act as the breeding grounds for fish and the lack of mangrove forests has caused them to move to other areas,” he told reporters. READ MORE
 
Phl, Australia launch project on coral reefs, mangroves
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PHILIPPINES - The Philippines and Australia have launched a project that aims to determine the value and market potential of local coral reef and mangrove ecosystem services, environment officials announced yesterday. Under the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project, the two countries will come up with innovative models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystem services. “The move aims to enhance the sustainability of marine-based enterprises and marine spatial planning in select coastal communities in the Philippines,” said Theresa Mundita Lim, director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Lim said the agency is looking forward to implementing the project, which recognizes the value of blue capital and its potential for growth. ”The project will help us convince stakeholders that the environment is a good investment as it benefits the communities,” she said. READ MORE
 
Officials warn of dying mangrove forest
INDONESIA - Officials have said that years of efforts to improve the poor condition of a mangrove forest in the Segara Anakan lake and Nusakambangan island area of Cilacap regency, Central Java, are likely to see disappointing results as the replanting program can not keep up with deforestation and sedimentation. Cilacap regency spokesman Ansor Basuki said newly planted mangroves were often quickly swept away by waves. Meanwhile, Segara Anakan Management Office head Supriyanto said water in the area had become extremely shallow because the mangroves were disappearing and the area received hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of mud annually from the Citanduy and Cimeneng rivers in West Java. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Shrimp’s New Path to the Plate
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USA – In a warehouse south of Boston, miles away from the city’s bustling harbor, James Tran, a semiconductor designer, is incubating an unlikely product: shrimp. Mr. Tran, who started Sky8 Shrimp Farm two years ago, is one of a growing number of small, high-tech shrimp farmers in America racing to meet the country’s seemingly insatiable appetite for scampi, without ravaging the environment, using harmful chemicals or depending on overseas suppliers accused of labor rights violations. “To go on getting shrimp the way we have is wishful thinking,” said Mr. Tran, cupping several twitching, ready-to-ship scampi in his hand. His extended family in Vietnam engages in traditional coastal shrimp farming, the kind often linked to environmental, food safety and labor troubles. READ MORE
 
91% of Seafood in the United States Came from Another Country
Eat fish in the last few days? Unless you fished it yourself, chances are it wasn’t from the United States. Today, 91 percent of the seafood that we eat comes from abroad, according to Paul Greenberg, author of American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood. You could assume that maybe this has to do with demand, that the supply of local seafood isn’t enough. And yet, surprisingly enough, one-third of the seafood that Americans catch gets sold to other countries. What gives? Greenberg calls this the “fish swap.” “What we’re doing is we’re sending the really great, wild stuff that we harvest here on our shores abroad, and in exchange, we’re importing farm stuff that, frankly, is of an increasingly dubious nature,” Greenberg told Terry Gross in an NPR interview. “We export millions of tons of wild, mostly Alaska salmon abroad and import mostly farmed salmon from abroad. So salmon for salmon, we’re trading wild for farmed.” Our consumption of imported seafood certainly has its consequences for us and those abroad. As a country, the United States’ biggest seafood consumption is shrimp; the average American eats more shrimp per capita than both tuna and salmon combined. But where does that shrimp come from? Right now, the largest shrimp producer for the nation is Thailand, a country whose fishing industry is linked to human trafficking and slave labor. READ MORE
 
EUROPE
 
Myanmar, Norway to cooperate in mangrove conservation
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NORWAY - Myanmar and Norway are seeking cooperation in mangrove forest conservation and a conservation plan in this respect is being worked out between the two countries, official media reported recently. At a meeting between Myanmar Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun and visiting head of Norwegian Parliament's Standing Committee for Energy and the Environment Ola Elvestuen, the two sides discussed cooperation with international non-governmental organizations in rehabilitation programs, mangrove forest conservation activities between the ministry and the Worldview International Foundation and a memorandum of understanding in this regard is expected to be signed. Norway has been helping Myanmar with the programs on conservation of biodiversity and forest resources. READ MORE
 
LAST WORD
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Over the last year, the IUCN Red List Unit has been working on developing a short animated video that briefly explains what The IUCN Red List is and some of its uses. This has now been completed and the video is available at http://youtu.be/VukyqMajAOUd. Currently this is only available in English, however we are working on also getting this available in French and Spanish (at least with subtitles, if we can't manage fully translated versions).
 
The purpose this animation originally was to add to the materials available on the online IUCN Red List Training course. However,  if you would like to use this (e.g., to post on your own website), please feel free to do so.
 
Best wishes,
 
Caroline
 
Caroline Pollock
Programme Officer
Red List Unit
Global Species Programme
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
219c Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 ODL United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)1223 277966; Fax +44 (0)1223 277845;
www.iucnredlist.org
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MAP News Issue 342, July 5, 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
342nd Edition                                July 5, 2014

Action Alerts:

July 26th is Mangrove Action Day
Be sure to let us know what your group is doing. Send photos and stories and we'll attempt to include them in our upcoming newsletters.

SHARE MAP'S VISION 
Please spread the word by sharing MAP's latest effort to raise awareness of mangroves and the role they play in global climate change mitigation CLICK HERE to watch short introductory video. Together we can work "at the roots of the sea". 

SUPPORT HONKO'S WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
For several years now the Honko Team has been working closely with a local women’s association which creates and sells hand-woven products (purses, baskets, etc.) made of locally available, sustainably harvested reeds, whose shop and business were hit hard by cyclone Haruna last year. We’re writing you all to share with you this venture that has become very important to us, and to let you know about the crowdfunding campaign that we have launched for these women, which runs July 1st until July 30th. (check it out here!).
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
 
We continue our protest!
A global alliance of hundreds of NGOs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe have been protesting for several years against WWF, its Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue and its lack of concern for the environment and local peoples’ livelihoods. READ MORE
  
Petitioning Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, et al - No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica

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
 
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 2013 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology. This creative contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangrove forests, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas. Help us launch this program in your school by contacting science and art teachers in your area and encourage them to work together on this fun and innovative project. READ MORE
Volunteer Needed for Mangrove Ecosystem Monitoring Program READ MORE
 
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS

Order your 2014 Calendar
2014cld-300x225 
 
Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
Sign the Petition
 

New information shreds 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


 
URGENT - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

MAP’s VOLUNTEER INTERNS HELP MAP MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
READ 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.

 

download_shipping_label





 


FEATURED STORY
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10 Great Reasons to Support CBEMR - A newly launched website depicting the importance of mangroves and the methods of restoration that are so important for the future of these habitats. The website has been designed to support our crowd-funding campaign which we're still looking to reach it's goal. Enjoy and share!  CLICK HERE
 
ASIA
 
Senator seeks creation of coastal mangrove greenbelts
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PHILIPPINES - Senator Bam Aquino recently filed a legislative measure for the creation of 100-meter greenbelts of mangroves and beach forest along coastlines to mitigate the devastating impacts of waves and storm surges such as those from the monster typhoon Yolanda last year. The proposal is contained in Senate Bill No. 2179, or the National Coastal Greenbelt Act of 2014, aiming for innovative, sustainable and cheaper ways to mitigate the devastating impacts of natural disasters and calamities that usually lead to loss of lives, livelihood and income opportunities for businesses. "The establishment of science-based coastal greenbelts is expected to protect biodiversity, improve fisheries productivity, and enhance the tourism and livelihood potential of numerous foreshore areas," Aquino said. Aquino made the proposal in the aftermath of super-typhoon Yolanda that killed thousands of people and left billions of pesos in damage in the Eastern Visayas, particularly in Leyte. READ MORE
 
China shrimp firm eases reliance on US with domestic product range
CHINA - U.S. countervailing duties against Chinese shrimp imports may ironically lead to higher prices in the longer term for U.S. buyers as the one of the top Chinese suppliers seeks to reduce its exposure to the U.S. market by ramping up sales at home. Demand from Chinese consumers will ultimately cause competition and higher prices for U.S. shrimp buyers, said a company source speaking to SeafoodSource. Announced last year, the U.S. duties — amounting to 18.6 percent — forced Zhanjiang Guolian to speed up R&D efforts and invest in marketing to switch product to local sales according to Li Zhong, company CEO, who has been promoting new products this month at a week-long set of events in the company’s base in southern Chinese province of Guangdong. READ MORE
 
Thai government condemned in annual US human trafficking report
THAILAND – In January this year the Thai embassy in Washington signed a $400,000-plus deal with leading US law firm Holland & Knight. The money was for lobbying to persuade the White House, Congress and US departments of state and defense that Thailand is a country that fights human trafficking and forced labour. It seems not to have been money well spent. Recently, Thailand was downgraded to the lowest ranking in the state department's annual report on Trafficking in Persons. The money invested in lobbying therefore represents both a defeat and a serious embarrassment for the Thai authorities. Shares in Thai seafood companies had already fallen on the Thai stock exchange amid news that Europe's largest retailer, Carrefour, together with Norwegian supermarket chain Ica, has stopped purchasing its products added to pressure. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Fewer Freezes Let Florida’s Mangroves Move North
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USA – The mangrove forests that line much of Florida’s eastern coast are moving north because of climate change, scientists led by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center report December 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The migration isn’t because of rising average temperatures, however. Instead, it’s driven by a reduction in the number of extremely cold days. Mangroves are a group of about 80 different trees and shrubs that grow in tropical regions around the world. They’re usually characterized by their roots, which grow partially above the ground, giving the plants the appearance that they’re held up by a tangle of stilts. That nest of roots holds the trees above the water, which rises and falls with the tides. Mangrove ecosystems are complex, providing homes and food for a diverse array of species both on land and in the water. And they’re valuable economically--mangrove forests provide an array of services worth some $1.6 trillion per year, including serving as nurseries for commercially important fish, protecting coasts from destructive storm waves and providing places for recreation. READ MORE
 
Proposed billionaire’s playground could endanger the marine habitat
BELIZE - A consortium of environmental organizations has raised an alarm about a proposed megaresort in Belize that received maximum glam cred in May at what the Daily Mail described as the “most exclusive party” at the Cannes International Film Festival. John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston were the spokespersons for Italian developers of an eye-popping getaway that could pose a threat to the ecologically fragile Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a world-famous coral reef system. The atoll is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the famed Great Blue Hole. It's an important part of Belize's marine biodiversity, which includes more than 500 species of fish, three sea turtle species and one of the world’s largest remaining populations of the endangered West Indian manatee. READ MORE
 
Uh Oh. We Just Found Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the Worst Place Possible
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CANADA - Officially begin worrying now, North Americans. Something has entered your food supply that threatens true calamity — and there’s not much you can do about it. You wouldn’t think a Chinese grocery store in Saskatoon, Canada, would be the epicenter triggering so much concern within the medical community, but that’s how it happened. The problem was squid. Well, not the squid so much as what researchers found hiding inside it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this month that imported squid, most likely from South Korea, contained a bacterium that is resistant to carbapenems — the antibiotics of last resort. “Carbapenems are a type of antibiotic, and carbapenemases are enzymes that some organisms can produce to render these antibiotics ineffective,” said the CDC in a bulletin released on June 11. “Carbapenem-resistant organisms have been found in the environment and in animals used for food; but in the United States and Canada, they had not been found in food itself—until now.” READ MORE
 
Slavery and the Shrimp on Your Plate
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EDITORIAL by New York Times’ Editorial Board
USA - The revelations about Thailand should persuade major global corporations, including Costco, Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco, that their business models have to change. They should refuse to import from fishermen or companies that have been reliably identified by watchdog groups as using slave labor. They also need to pressure the Thai government to ensure that abusers who hire trafficked employees are prosecuted and that the victims are protected and treated with respect. Under American law, aid and other assistance can be withheld if countries do not crack down on trafficking; Washington should not hesitate to use this tool when it can be effective. Consumers have a role to play, too, by refusing to purchase products produced with slave labor. READ MORE

EUROPE
 
Family forests and farms key to national sustainable development goals
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Building strong relationships between small-scale family forest and family farm producers and governments through forest-and-farm producer organizations can achieve astounding improvements in rural livelihoods, forest cover and forest management and contribute to sustainable rural development.
This was a conclusion of an in-session seminar titled “Family forestry is family farming”, held today during COFO 22 at FAO headquarters. Seminar participants heard from diverse voices, including leaders from: a village-level organization in Myanmar; a federation in Nepal representing more than 11 million people; the National Farmers’ Platform of the Gambia, representing more than 200 000 farmers; a women’s producer group in Guatemala; the Farmers Union Network in Liberia, representing more than 35 000 forest farmers; and a national forest producer organization in Mexico, representing 670 000 producers. In each case, considerable success had been achieved through the organization of local forest farmers into producer groups and their subsequent increased role in national policy development and implementation. READ MORE
 
Carrefour Suspends Purchases from CP Foods
UK - On June 13, 2014, British retailer Carrefour, a multinational retailer headquartered in France and one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world, announced that it was temporarily suspending all direct and indirect purchases from CP Foods.  Carrefour called it “a precautionary measure” as a result of articles in the British newspaper, The Guardian, about slave labor being used to source the fishmeal used in CP’s shrimp feeds.  Carrefour  was a major buyer of shrimp from CP Foods. Carrefour said it would not purchase from CP Foods “until light has been shed on the situation.”  The retailer said it conducted a “social audit” of CP’s processing plant in July 2013, “as it has done regularly,” and found “nothing abnormal at the time.” The Environmental Justice Foundation praised Carrefour for its action, but cautioned that a boycott of a single supplier will not solve a problem that the EJF said is systematic throughout the Thai fishing industry. READ MORE
 
LAST WORD
 

From The Executive Director: It looks like the shrimp farm industry in Thailand is in very hot water now, as are the sellers of shrimp in the retail outlets! I think we need to get behind this campaign in the US and EU, and ask that we all spread the word about this via our websites and social media. Putting pressure on the largest grocers in the world is a good way to bring these issues home to the consumers! Some of the largest grocers in the world -- Walmart and Costco -- were named specifically in a new investigation by the Guardian for selling prawns raised on food tied to the slave trade. One week later, those companies are still refusing to take two simple steps to rout out slavery from their supply chains -- and that’s where we come in. Join me in taking action: CLICK HERE
 
 
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Family forests and farms key to national sustainable development goals

Building strong relationships between small-scale family forest and family farm producers and governments through forest-and-farm producer organizations can achieve astounding improvements in rural livelihoods, forest cover and forest management and contribute to sustainable rural development.

This was a conclusion of an in-session seminar titled “Family forestry is family farming”, held today during COFO 22 at FAO headquarters. Seminar participants heard from diverse voices, including leaders from: a village-level organization in Myanmar; a federation in Nepal representing more than 11 million people; the National Farmers’ Platform of the Gambia, representing more than 200 000 farmers; a women’s producer group in Guatemala; the Farmers Union Network in Liberia, representing more than 35 000 forest farmers; and a national forest producer organization in Mexico, representing 670 000 producers. In each case, considerable success had been achieved through the organization of local forest farmers into producer groups and their subsequent increased role in national policy development and implementation.

Government officials and forest farmer representatives, from countries as diverse as Guatemala, Kenya, Myanmar and Sweden, gave joint presentations on the many win–win outcomes that can be achieved when governments and smallholder forest producer groups work cooperatively towards common goals and build relationships based on mutual respect. The leadership role of women was emphasized and the need to create opportunities for youth to remain and lead fulfilling lives based on forest and family farming. The seminar, which was hosted by the Forest and Farm Facility and the International Family Forestry Alliance, was held to recognize the vital role of family, community, and indigenous people forests and farms in the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming.

Source COFO22 Bulletin JUNE 26, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MAP News Issue 341 - June 21, 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
341st Edition                                June 21, 2014

Action Alerts:

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10 Great Reasons to Support CBEMR - A newly launched website depicting the importance of mangroves and the methods of restoration that are so important for the future of these habitats. The website has been designed to support our crowd-funding campaign which we're still looking to reach it's goal. Enjoy and share!  CLICK HERE


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
 
We continue our protest!
A global alliance of hundreds of NGOs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe have been protesting for several years against WWF, its Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue and its lack of concern for the environment and local peoples’ livelihoods. READ MORE
  
Petitioning Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, et al - No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica

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
 
 
2015 Children’s Art Calendar Competition - Mangrove Action Project wants you to join us as we celebrate our upcoming 22nd Anniversary of MAP’s ongoing efforts to conserve and restore the world’s mangrove forest wetlands. Again, this year we commemorate those efforts via our inspiring children’s art in MAP’s 14th annual Children’s Mangrove Art Contest for the 2015 Calendar year. READ MORE
Volunteer Needed for Mangrove Ecosystem Monitoring Program READ MORE
 
Your support is needed: Cameroon activists on trial for peaceful
protest against Wall Street land grabber READ MORE
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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

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READ A MOSAIC OF LIFE” Peek into the underwater world of mangroves, "womb of the sea." By Liz Cunningham Photos By Wes Matweyew and Liz Cunningham

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Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.
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From the Executive Director - The rapidly expanding shrimp aquaculture industry poses one of the gravest threat to the world's remaining mangroves.  Over a million hectares of lush mangrove forests have been cleared to make room for the artificial shrimp ponds of this boom and bust industry. This highly volatile enterprise has grown exponentially over the last 25 years, leaving devastating ruin in its wake.
   The failure of national governments to adequately regulate the shrimp industry, and the headlong rush of multilateral lending agencies to fund aquaculture development without meeting their own stated ecological and social criteria, are other important pieces to this unfortunate puzzle. The fate of remaining mangrove forests may now rest in the hands of the consumers from the wealthy nations that import these luxury shrimp products. Since a highly profitable and expanding market is the driving force behind the shrimp industry, a worldwide reduction in consumer demand for pond-raised shrimp is called for.
   Meanwhile, stricter local governmental regulations and enforcement protecting mangroves are necessary. Also, involvement of local communities in sustainably managing and protecting their coastal resource base, including the nearby mangrove forests, is essential. As well, pressure must be brought to bear on the purveyors of shrimp in the US, the EU and Japan, where large retail stores and restaurant chains such as Costco, Walmart and Red Lobster continue to promote shrimp over-consumption in order to further their profits at the expense of both the environment and coastal communities dependent upon the mangrove forests. And now, the spotlight on this industry must also fall upon the slave trade and human rights abuses connected with the production process as evidenced by this recent expose by the Guardian News!


Editorial: I'm boycotting tropical prawns. But slavery demands a political solution
By Felicity Lawrence        
    The Guardian, Wednesday 18 June 2014
Should we boycott prawns? I have been asked that question repeatedly since the Guardian's investigation revealing the use of slaves in the chain that brings them from Thailand to our plates. The slavery we uncovered was no metaphor – we found trafficked migrants who had been bought and sold, and forced with extreme violence to work at sea for no pay for years. The fish they catch is used to make feed for intensive prawn production by the world's largest producer and supermarket supplier, CP Foods. Is it right to eat products that depend on such fundamental abuse of human rights? Consumer boycotts have been influential in bringing about change – against the horrors of apartheid, for instance – but on their own they have absolute limits. Just because slavery has been found in part of the food chain, we should not delude ourselves that changing the shopping basket will be enough. READ MORE

More recent stories on human slave labor below
Frozen food sector denies slave labour (June 19, 2014)
Slave labour in fishery could cost Thailand dearly (June 14, 2014)
Close net on slave trade (June 13, 2014)
European retailers put pressure on Thai prawn supplier (June 13, 2014)
CPF denies using fishy methods (June 12, 2014)

 View Guardian's video documentary about human trafficking in the shrimp feed business HERE

ASIA

Development Threatens Papuan Mangrove Forests
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PAPUA - Development in the lowland areas of Timika is fueling deforestation and threatening mangrove forests, raising the potential impact of climate change. “We see a serious threat to the lowland areas because many protected areas are already being converted into development areas,” said best management practice specialist with USAID Indonesia Forest of Climate Support (IFACS), Prianto Wibowo. Wibowo said the opening of mangrove forest areas to development would have an impact on peat-land forests as their damage would cause high levels of abrasion. He said his office would work closely with the National Land Agency (BPN), which has the power to issue certificates for mangrove forest clearance. “We will work closely with BPN so we can have information which locations already have certificates in order to determine steps to protect the mangrove forests,” he said. READ MORE

New threat to Sundarban mangroves
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BANGLADESH - Bangladesh recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to set up a 1320 MW coal-based power plant in Patuakhali, a location also close to the Sundarbans. According to Chinese Ambassador Li Jun in Dhaka, who was present at the deal signing ceremony, the project will involve a cost of about $2 billion. This will be the second such project after the 1320MW Rampal power project in Bagerhat for which Bangladesh signed a contract with neighbouring India. Bangladeshi state-owned North West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) and Chinese state-owned China National Machinery Import Export Corporation (CMC) will build the power plant under a joint venture. Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury said this is the part of the government’s plan to boost electricity generation by setting up coal-fired power plants. READ MORE

Oil, Gas Committee blasts PM for her Rampal Power Plant remarks
BANGLADESH – National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has blasted the prime minister for what it said misleading the nation on the plans to set up coal fired Rampal Thermal Power Plant close to the Sunderbans.
In a statement to the press, Committee convener Sheikh Muhammad Shaheedullah and member secretary Anu Muhammad said that in her news conference on return from China she gave some wrong information and arguments as to why the government chose to set up the coal fired power plant so close to the Sunderbans. The information and arguments she gave were bound to mislead the people, they said. They said that the prime minister was utterly wrong in saying that those who were opposing the coal fire fired power plant never cared to visit the project site or collect its information. READ MORE

Sand mining – dredging every last grain within a coastal protected area
CAMBODIA - Last month (May 2014), villagers living in one of Cambodia’s coastal protected areas (Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary), were shocked to realize that sand mining was taking place within a kilometer of their fishing village, in the zone designated specifically for villagers to protect their environment. Armed with their maps and paper documents showing signatures from relevant authorities (including the Minister of Environment), the Village Management Committee and local Park Rangers showed the company their papers.   Sand mining stopped for a few days: this, however, was a short-lived victory. Company officials, according to sources familiar with this case, met with the Chief of the provincial Department of Environment claiming that they had an appropriate license and operations resumed soon after this meeting. So, why is the provincial Chief ignoring policy that the Ministry of Environment, which he is a member of, has signed off on? And, who would sign a license to enable sand mining to take place within the community zone of a protected area? While it is unclear who has signed the company papers, someone is clearly supporting the sand mining from higher levels since the sand mining is in clear contravention of the Community-Based Protected Areas Management Sub-Decree. READ MORE

Sri Lanka opens its largest aquaculture project in Chilaw
SRI LANKA - Prawn farms were thriving in the vast marshes along the Puttalam lagoon when they first started in the mid-1980s and reached a climax in 1994 with owners making huge profits. However, with the 1994 elections some of these farms were attacked and supporters of the new government set up prawn farms along the buffer zones and even government reserves. Due to this haphazard creation of farms and with the emergence of the ‘White Spot’ disease, the total prawn industry collapsed and with this the massive rural economy that built up in that area (through this industry) too, crashed. Hope is now growing that this entire abandoned area could be transformed into productive aquaculture to rear different kinds of fish, particularly after Sri Lanka’s largest aquaculture project began in 2012 in Ambakandawila, Chilaw. READ MORE

Green enforcers check the mangroves
PHILLIPPINES - Restoring mangrove swamps is a valuable way of protecting coasts against storm damage. But it needs more than good intentions, as experience in the Philippines shows. The Philippines has invested in a new greening programme that includes reforestation through mangrove planting after the country was hit by supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013, but locals say there is not enough research and investment done in the initiative, as some of the initially planted seedlings bore infestations. At one of the Greening Program’s sites newly planted propogules (long single stems which the mangrove drops in order to reproduce) have been infested by barnacles. Considerable manpower has been used to clean the stems repeatedly but, as the committee points out, it would have been better spent planting in areas free from barnacles to begin with. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Estimated extinction of mangroves in Baja region tops 50% by 2025
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MEXICO - The Gulf of California contains low levels of mangrove forests. By contrast, on the Pacific Ocean coast where it is located, mangroves were once abundant. In a study by the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio) satellite images of the ecosystems in the northwestern region of Mexico was compared over time. In the document, the agency reported that the annual rate of mangrove loss is 2.5 percent and the trend is expected to continue. Projections estimate that by 2025 more than half of remaining mangrove species will be lost. Of the 60 species of mangrove in the world, the Mexican coastline is home to only four varieties: Red (Rhizophora mangle), Black (Avicennia germinans), White (Laguncularia racemosa) and Button (Conocarpus erectus). READ MORE (en Espanol)

Study looks at the situation mangrove beaches of Todos Santos
MEXICO - A fragment of what is to be developed by investors in the real estate and tourism industry in Todos Santos, will be analyzed within the "Long-term monitoring of the structure of the mangrove community and environmental characterization in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora. " The project tendered by the National Biodiversity Commission (Conabio) was awarded to various research centers, including the Research Program in Marine Botany Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS).Despite studies by schools of education, extension information covering the Baja California peninsula of mangrove forests is still inaccurate and Sonora requires a full evaluation. READ MORE (en Espanol)

EUROPE

UN officials call for restoration of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters
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SWITZERLAND – Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change. “Land degradation, caused or exacerbated by climate change, is not only a danger to livelihoods, but also a threat to peace and stability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the World Day, observed annually on 17 June. He noted that recovering land that is degrading will have multiple benefits. “We can avert the worst effects of climate change, produce more food and ease competition over resources. We can preserve vital ecosystem services, such as water retention, which protects us from floods or droughts. “And a comprehensive and large-scale approach to land recovery can create new jobs, business opportunities and livelihoods, allowing populations to not only survive, but thrive,” he stated. READ MORE
 
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MAP celebrates with children’s mangrove art contest
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On June 5, 2014, MAP celebrated the World Environment Day. For the event, we organized an art contest at the Ban Sai Kuan School, gathering 26 students from 6 schools in the sub-district of Kao Mai Kaew, Trang province. Seven teachers from the six elementary schools and four people from the TAO (Sub-District Administrative Office) staff participated in the contest, including the TAO Chief Administrator, Mrs. Patcharin Thepkaew.
 
The contest started with a short ceremony with principal of the Ban Sai Kuan School, Mr. Jamrongsak Seesamai, giving a speech and then MAP presented certificates to the teachers for their participation and involvement in mangrove protection.
 
The rules were simple: two hours to draw the mangrove and its entire ecosystem. Every student participated with enthusiasm and produced great drawings.
 
After, the jury, composed of MAP staff, teachers and the TAO chief, viewed the art pieces and selected the three best drawings. The prizes were three kits for drawing with colored pencils and pens. More over, every participants and every teacher received a water bottle in order to reduce plastic waste caused by disposal drinking water bottle which pollute the environment where ever humans go.
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The morning finished with a shared lunch with teachers and TAO staff: an occasion to thank all the participants for their collaboration and involvement.
 
Thanks to our mangrove projects supporter, the Global Nature Fund, and to the TAO Chief, Mr. Peerapan Rangmuang for his collaboration.
 
By: Delphine Gébelin, MAP Volunteer Intern
 
 
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