Thursday, January 22, 2015

MAP News Issue 356 - January 24, 2015

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The MAP News
356th Edition                                January 24, 2015


FEATURE STORY
Honey hit in Coringa mangroves
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INDIA - The indiscriminate use of pesticide in its adjacent farmlands has taken a toll on the honey production in the Coringa mangroves. Coringa, located near to Kakinada, is considered to be the second largest mangrove in India after the Sundarbans in West Bengal. Bhitarkanika in Odisha is in third place when it comes to the size. Spread in an extent of 333 square kilometres, the Coringa mangrove has been the home for a wide range of flora and fauna. The honey production in Coringa is much lesser when compared to that of the Sundarbans and the Bhitarkanika. Moreover, the production has been on the decline year after year, which has prompted the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation to work on the casuarina plantation in Coringa to improve its density. “Unlike Sundarbans and Bhitarkanika, agriculture fields are located very close to the Coringa. As the honey bees are known for their relentless travel, they happen to get affected by the pesticides being used by the farmers. As a result, there has been a visible drop in the honey production,” R. Ramasubramaniyan, senior scientist from the foundation told The Hindu .  READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Shell Will Pay Over $84 Million to Nigerians Whose Community it Destroyed
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NIGERIA -Royal Dutch Shell has finally agreed to an $84 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two oil spills that occurred six years ago. Lawyers for 15,600 Nigerian fishermen say their clients will receive $3,300 each for losses caused by the spills. The remaining $30 million will be left for the community, which law firm Leigh Day says was “devastated by the two massive oil spills in 2008 and 2009.” Interestingly, the settlement avoids Shell having to defend a potentially embarrassing London high court case, which had been scheduled to start shortly. These were among the biggest spills in decades of oil exploration in Nigeria, and thousands of hectares of mangrove were affected in the southern Ogoniland region. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Sundarbans Oil Spill: An Urgent Wake Up Call for the Bangladeshi Government
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BANGLADESH - Another day, another calamity wrought by the fossil fuels industry. The latest? Over 75,000 gallons of oil spilled out of a downed tanker and into the Sundarban Delta straddling Bangladesh and India. A UNESCO-protected world heritage site, the Sundarbans are the world's largest tidal mangrove forest, and, as home to hundreds of endangered Bengal tigers and riverine Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, it is one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. Transporting tens of thousands of gallons of oil through one of the most fragile and magnificent ecosystems on Earth -- what could go wrong? It seems that no one at the Padma Oil Company bothered to ask. In the absence of any concerted government clean-up effort, the post-atrocity game plan, so far, has desperate, unprotected, and ill-equipped villagers sponging, spooning, and netting oil out of the water. READ MORE
 
Editor’s Note­­ ‑ This is a rather disturbing news post in that our efforts to reduce shrimp consumption in the EU and Europe may be offset by China's increasing appetite for the world's shrimp. This can lead to a shortage of shrimp destined for the EU and N. America, thus catalyzing an expansion of shrimp production to feed both China and the other shrimp importing nations. And the indebtedness of so many nations to China's loans is also giving China big economic bargaining power!
Ecuador shrimp firms road show in Beijing
ECUADOR - Ecuadorian seafood companies were in China last week courting new buyers in a new push for the China market, which could squeeze western buyers out of Ecuadorian supply lines. A trade fair in a Beijing hotel on 7 January facilitated one-on-one meetings between 30 Ecuadoran companies and Chinese counterparts, according to the Ecuador embassy in Beijing and the China Aquatic Products Processing & Marketing Association (CAPPMA), a trade body. The companies were selling refrigerated fish and prawns as well as tuna and fish oil and fishmeal, according to an introduction to the conference provided in Mandarin to Chinese buyers. With exports of shrimp to China up by a massive 104 percent year-on-year in the first four months of 2014 (according to data from Ecuador’s trade office in China) the companies travelled to Beijing in a trade delegation with Ecuador President Rafael Correa — a visit with an added urgency given the country’s export revenues are suffering from falling prices for oil, a key export. READ MORE
 
Belitung boosts tourism with mangroves
INDONESIA - The Forestry Office of Bangka Belitung Province is developing 500 hectares of mangrove forests on Belitung Island to conserve the areas and boost ecotourism. “This year, we are developing the mangrove forest areas in Selat Nasik, Pengantungan, and Tanjung Pandan,” Nazarliyus, the head of the forestry office, said in Pangkalpinang recently. He said the mangrove forests on Belitung Island are still not affected by offshore lead mining and encroachment activities. “We are managing the mangrove forests and building the facilities, so that visitors can enjoy the beauty of the island,” Nazarliyus said as quoted by Antara news agency. According to him, the mangrove forest areas in Belitung are still well-conserved, as the administration has formulated policies to protect its biodiversity potential. READ MORE
 
Fishermen Power Regenerates Mangroves
INDIA – With gale wind and tidal inundation threatening their very existence, fishermen communities on the shoreline of Chilika lagoon have taken to regenerating mangrove plantations which faced a wipe-out in the last decade and a half. So far, over 40 hectare of mangrove in Puri’s Arakhakuda village, lying between the Bay of Bengal and the brackish water lagoon, have been re-introduced. While mangroves act as a bio-shield from natural calamities, Phailin was almost devastated last of the coastal plantations two years back, leaving the shoreline habitations exposed to nature’s vagaries. Under Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP), the Government made a move to persuade villagers, mostly fisherfolks, to go for mangrove regeneration. The villagers played an active role in identification of the sites where the plantations were taken up. Importantly, locations outside forest areas were chosen for the exercise. READ MORE
 
Fencing to protect mangroves from garbage
INDIA - The mangrove cell has stepped in to save mangroves of Lokhandwala-Oshiwara area after it was found that the garbage from the dumping of waste in an area owned by the civic body appeared to be spilling over into the surrounding mangroves. The cell has asked the civic ward to construct fencing around their operational area and clean the mangroves at the earliest. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) operates a two-acre ‘refuse transfer station’ area near the Versova lagoon surrounded by mangroves. At a refuse transfer station, garbage from nearby areas are brought in by smaller garbage vehicles and get transferred to the bigger vehicles that take the garbage to the dumping grounds. Following complaints, members of the mangrove cell visited the area and observed that garbage from the area went into the mangroves due to wind, affecting the mangroves. READ MORE
 
MAP’s Marvellous Mangroves in Bangladesh
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BANGLADESH - Culminating one of the busiest years ever, MAP’s Marvellous Mangroves curriculum straddled the year break and began 2105 in the amazing Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh. A quick recap of 2014 shows Education Director Martin Keeley visiting Kenya early on where initial work has started on translating into Swahili and adapting Marvellous Mangroves for schools in that country. Later in January he visited Freeport, Bahamas, where students and teachers enjoyed a two-­‐day workshop. The summer 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

AMERICAS
 
Charting the plastic waters
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USA - The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” lies off the coast of California. But it is not the only place where a system of rotating ocean currents, known as gyres, concentrate floating material, particularly plastic detritus dumped into the sea or washed out from rivers. There is an awful lot of it: at least 268,940 tonnes, a new report estimates. And there may well be even more, mostly invisible to the eye, because the patches of rubbish appear to work like giant shredders, breaking plastic items down into tiny pieces which are then widely dispersed through the world’s oceans with potentially devastating consequences for wildlife. Marcus Eriksen, of the Five Gyres Institute in Los Angeles, worked with an international team of colleagues to build an oceanographic model of floating debris to estimate the amount of plastic in the sea. READ MORE
See out last word below
 
Latest version of the NOAA oil in mangroves released
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recently released its newest publication intended to assist those who work in spill response and planning in regions where mangrove ecosystems are an important part of the coastline. By understanding the basic of the ecology of these forests and learning from past oil spills in mangroves, we can better plan for, protect, and respond to spills that may threaten them. Mangroves often border coastlines where coral reefs live offshore, and these two ecosystems are closely linked. Mangroves filter and trap excess sediment that could harm coral, and coral reefs protect shorelines where mangroves grow from excessive wave energy. Both habitats can be adversely impacted by oil spills, and spill responders must often consider tradeoffs between land-based and offshore resources during a response. VIEW DOCUMENT
 
Environmentalists to protest mangrove trimming
USA - The Sierra Club and other environmentalists protested outside the Palma Sola Bay Club condo development still under construction in the 3400 block of Bradenton's 77th Street West. Andy Mele, chairman of the Sierra Club's Sarasota Conservation Committee, said he hopes to get 20 to 30 people at the 4 p.m. demonstration to “shame the developers for killing mangroves on their property.” Terri Wonder, a former County Commission candidate, ManaSota-88 representative Barbara Hines and others complained to the Manatee County Planning Commission on Thursday that illegal cutting of mangroves occurred at the development's conservation easement on Palma Sola Bay. They asked the advisory panel not to proceed with the developer's request to add an observation deck at the bay in the vicinity of those mangroves. READ MORE
 
OCEANA
 
Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Network Conference
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AUSTRALIA - The University of Wollongong is proud to host the 1st Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference (AMSN). With a theme of ‘Working with Mangrove and Saltmarsh for Sustainable Outcomes’, the conference will build upon the momentum established at the Australian Mangrove Society Meeting held in Townsville last year. This year’s symposium to be held February 23 – 25, 2015. For registration and program details please CLICK HERE


LAST WORD(S)

Editor’s note – this email was received along with the link to the article “Charting the plastic waters” above.

Hi Alfredo,
I tell people to Question Their Shrimp!  I am a co author of the study (Charting the plastic waters) on plastic in the oceans. They used our data among others.  I think the estimate is way low.
I’ll be speaking at the University of Puget Sound on March 3 and showing our month long trip to the garbage patch this summer where I found an actual island of plastic that I walked on and mapped.
 
Ciao,
 
Charles Moore cmoore@algalita.org

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Shrimp is the most consumed seafood in America, but how much do we really know about the shrimp we’re eating? Click here to call on the President’s task force to support seafood traceability and other strong measures to fight IUU fishing and seafood fraud – the task force is running out of time so act now!

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CALLING FOR MANGROVE ART SUBMISSIONS!
A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old. We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us “why mangroves are important to my community and me?”. Selected winners will be published in a 2016 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology.  READ MORE

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
  
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS

Order your 2015 Calendar
Mangrove Calendar 2015 FRONT 2
1-20 calendars, $12 each plus shipping
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View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel

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


 


Marvellous Mangroves

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Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.


FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT
Education in the Mangroves - China
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VISIT OUR "MM" WEBPAGE


Check out our presentation for more details on Marvellous Mangroves

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

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


"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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Friday, January 9, 2015

MAP News Issue 355 - January 10, 2015

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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
355th Edition                                January 10, 2015

Editor’s Note: It has been a decade now, but the memory of the 2004 Tsunami will never be forgotten by those who have survived it. While more than a quarter million people lost their lives, the toll on humanity still rises. This issue, we feature a few stories, positive and negative, about the lasting effects of this horrendous disaster.
 
FEATURE STORY
REMEMBERING THE DISASTER:
A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

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INDONESIA – The coastline of Aceh, the northernmost province of Indonesian Sumatra, took the brunt of the tsunami on December 26, 2004. Its waters ran red with blood as an estimated 167,000 Indonesians perished, nearly all of them from Aceh. Whole villages disappeared. But the color the survivors want to show you now is green. An ingenious microcredit project funded by the Dutch branch of the humanitarian charity Oxfam Novib, and carried out with local partners by the Netherlands-based NGO Wetlands International, has been helping villagers plant mangroves and other trees. They will revive nature, improve local livelihoods, and — perhaps most important of all — protect against cyclones, coastal erosion, and any future killer waves. READ MORE
 
 
AFRICA
 
Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?
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MADAGASCAR - The island nation of Madagascar has long captured the world’s curiosity and is renowned for its unparalleled biodiversity, magnificent landscapes and unique culture. In the northwestern coastal Ambaro-Ambanja bays region, you will encounter mountains transitioning into lowlands littered with lush agro-forest mosaics producing vanilla, cacao, coffee and a cornucopia of fruits – output that would be impossible on the arid lands found further south.  These lush landscapes reach right to the coast where they meet postcard perfect white sand beaches and turquoise waters, but also vast, dense mangrove swamps. It was during my first trip here in February 2012 that I initially experienced the diversity of these vast and fascinating coastal ecosystems, but also their rapid decline. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
REMEMBERING THE DISASTER
The Thai village that escaped the tsunami
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THAILAND – Ten years ago when a massive tsunami swept away every house in this small Muslim village in southern Thailand, Cham Khiaw-Nin didn't lament the loss of his property but rather the damage done to the mangrove forest. “Mangroves are vital to us. We survive thanks to them because fish grow on them," says the 60-year-old fisherman, caressing his long white beard in Phang-na province. Villagers in Baan Nai Rai also survived the fury of the earthquake-driven tsunami - which killed more than 220,000 people in a dozen countries, 8,000 in Thailand, on December 26, 2004 - thanks to the protection provided by the dense mangrove forest. With a population of 700, only one person was killed in the village even though the south of Thailand was one of the hardest hit areas by the killer wave 10 years ago. "The mangrove stopped the wave," Cham told Al Jazeera. "Many of the houses were destroyed, but thanks to the forest only one person died."  Fisherman Krit Sittiboot, 45, was selling his catch at an inland market on that fateful day. READ MORE
 
Bangladesh development threatens fragile Sundarbans mangroves
BANGLADESH -  Bangladesh's rapid development on the doorstep of the ecologically fragile Sundarbans mangrove forest means "environmental disasters" like this month's oil spill in the massive delta are increasingly likely, experts warn. A cargo ship recently crashed into an oil tanker in thick fog in a river of the Sundarbans, whose intricate network of waterways is home to rare dolphins, endangered Bengal tigers and other animals. Authorities failed to organise a proper clean up until four days after the sunken tanker spewed tens of thousands of litres of oil into a dolphin sanctuary -- ordering villagers and fishermen armed only with sponges and pans to scoop up the thick tar. The world's largest mangrove forest faces further threat from a range of projects underway to feed Bangladesh's booming economy, including a coal-fired power plant and a massive grain silo. READ MORE
 
Karachi's defensive mangrove barrier faces triple threat
PAKISTAN - Thick mangroves have long protected Karachi, southern Pakistan's sprawling metropolis, from battering by the Arabian Sea, but pollution, badly managed irrigation and years of illegal logging have left this natural barrier in a parlous state. Experts fear that loss of the natural barrier formed by the mangroves could put the city of nearly 20 million people at greater risk from violent storms and even tsunamis. Close to Karachi, the mighty Indus river ends its long journey from the Himalayas in the sea. The river delta is home to the shimmering green mangrove, a delicate ecosystem that thrives in the mingled salt and fresh water. Fisherman Talib Kacchi, 50, recalled taking shelter from monsoon storms in the mangroves as a young man. "When there were storms, we would have tied as many as four boats together with the mangroves, and then we would sit, gossip and sing songs," he said. READ MORE
 
REMEMBERING THE DISASTER
The failure of reconstruction after the 2004 tsunami
INDONESIA - It was 00.58 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on 26 December 2004  when a magnitude 9 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, unleashed energy estimated to be equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. The tremor triggered a series of waves. In the open ocean, these travelled at hundreds of miles an hour. As the waves approached the coastlines of 14 countries in regions from Eastern Africa to South-East Asia they slowed, but rose to up to 30 metres in height. According to the UN, the Boxing Day Tsunami killed nearly 230,000 people and left millions homeless or without access to food, water and the means to make a living. In the years that followed the devastation, governments and international organisations started to rebuild streets, piers and entire villages. Today, many of these areas are full of life again. But the traces of the wave have not disappeared from everywhere. READ MORE
 
Govt reopens Sundarbans river traffic ignoring call from UN experts
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BANGLADESH - Less than a month after shutting it to commercial traffic, Bangladesh has reopened the Shela River route inside the oil spill-stained Sundarbans in a move that should shock environmentalists and experts, and spark fresh concerns. Bangladesh has come in for severe criticism for its less-than-impressive efforts to tackle the disaster in the forest that has been a world heritage site since 1997 and much of whose wildlife is unique to the region. The Ghashiakhali channel, used as India-Bangladesh water protocol route and maritime communication route, was closed nearly three years ago after Mongla's Nala River and Rampal's Kumar River filled up. The government argued that the alternate Shela route had to be reopened for the sake of uninterrupted shipment of fertiliser and raw materials for factories, protect the workers' livelihood, and save the Mongla Port. Promising to prioritise protection of the Sundarbans and its wildlife, it said vessels will not be allowed to ply on the route at night, amid dense fog, and stormy weather. The inter-ministerial committee pushed authorities to finish dredging up the Mongla-Ghashiakhli channel by June. READ MORE
 
Land plan draws on HM's advice
THAILAND - Nakhon Si Thammarat: A mangrove forest project backed by the King in Chanthaburi's Ao Kung Krabane will serve as a role model for a pilot project on land management for the poor in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will run the scheme, drawing on lessons learned from the royal initiative in Ao Kung Krabane, which also involved mangrove forests. The 12,618 rai represent reclaimed forest land drawn from 357 shrimp farms that encroached on the forest land in tambon Pakpaya in Muang district, she said. The ministry has been working closely with Kasetsart University to zone the mangrove areas for forest conservation and an economic zone, she said. A buffer zone has also been set up to prevent coastal erosion hitting the province. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Will New Relations With Cuba Impact Its Pristine Ocean Environment?
CUBA - With the news yesterday from President Obama that his administration is moving to normalize relations with Cuba, many experts have argued that ending the embargo would be a boon for the island nation’s economy. But whether it will be an entirely beneficial thing for Cuba’s natural environment and surrounding oceans remains to be seen. In the environmental community, many organizations that have been working tirelessly on ocean conservation in the Caribbean hope that there can now be true cooperation between the U.S. and Cuba in the environmental realm. Dr. David Guggenheim, founder of Ocean Doctor, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring our oceans through hands-on conservation, has legitimate concerns about the impacts of ending the embargo. READ MORE
 
WORLD

REMEMBERING THE DISASTER
Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with prayers, memorial services
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WORLD NEWS - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims gather along shorelines of the Indian Ocean on Friday for prayers and memorial services to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. The past decade has seen more than $400 million spent across 28 countries on an early-warning system comprising 101 sea level gauges, 148 seismometers and nine buoys, but there are still concerns about the region's preparedness for another tsunami. Millions in coastal areas are still vulnerable, some experts say. READ MORE


LAST WORD(S)

MAP Asia took part in some Children's Day activities! We also honored the winners of the Art Calendar Contest at School Ban Saikaun (1st & 3rd place in Thailand) and School Bang Kan Khao (2nd place). We organized several activities, such as a mangrove drawing contest, song & dance game about dugongs, an animal guessing game & some English vocabulary about animals that live in the mangrove.
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The Mekong River means life: stop the Don Sahong Dam SIGN THE PETITION

The importance of mangroves to people: A call to action CLICK HERE

UK National Contact Point final statement on a complaint against a UK company developing plans for coal mining in Bangladesh CLICK HERE

                     
MARVELLOUS MANGROVES IN BRAZIL
En Portuges
 
MAP VOLUNTEER Statement of Qualifications CLICK HERE

WORLD WETLANDS DAY IS FEB 2, 2015 – MORE HERE
 
Mamelo Honko Women's Association Update – your support has helped – VIEW REPORT

Shrimp is the most consumed seafood in America, but how much do we really know about the shrimp we’re eating? Click here to call on the President’s task force to support seafood traceability and other strong measures to fight IUU fishing and seafood fraud – the task force is running out of time so act now!

FREE MAP Mangrove e-cards CLICK HERE
FREE Mangrove E-cards
MAP’s e-Cards offer you a unique way to spread the word about MAP’s good works, while sharing beautiful photographs of the mangroves
Information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
SEE DETAILS MANGROVE/SHRIMP
CALLING FOR MANGROVE ART SUBMISSIONS!
A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old. We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us “why mangroves are important to my community and me?”. Selected winners will be published in a 2016 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology.  READ MORE

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
  
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS

Order your 2015 Calendar
Mangrove Calendar 2015 FRONT 2
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
 

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
 


Marvellous Mangroves

MAP%20Curriculum%20Video
Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.


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

VISIT OUR "MM" WEBPAGE


Check out our presentation for more details on Marvellous Mangroves

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

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


"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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Saturday, December 20, 2014

MAP News Issue 354, December 20th, 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
354th Edition                                December 20, 2014

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE (Y)OUR WORK!
 

Dear Friends of Mangroves

The time has come to pass when our actions must speak louder than words! Your continuing support has helped us maintain an active and persistent presence along the coastal belts of mangrove nations. MAP started almost 23 years ago, and has since built up an active global network, while raising public awareness about the importance of mangroves. We have long been the mangroves’ advocate, and have worked tirelessly to conserve and restore these forest wetlands. Future generations may reap the bounty of our actions and thus thank you for your timely support.
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MANGROVES: The Ecosystem Disappearing Faster Than Any Other on Earth
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USA - Mangroves--the uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line our tropical and subtropical coasts, the critical membrane between land and sea--are disappearing at faster rates than virtually any other ecosystem on Earth. Mangroves are some of the most productive, complex, and beneficial natural wonders of our planet. They act as filters for our water supply, reduce erosion, serve as nurseries for commercial fisheries, provide opportunities for recreation, nurture vital marine biodiversity, and can act as "carbon sinks," which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The destruction and degradation of these natural systems--because of factors such as climate change, development, tourism, wood extraction, and non-sustainable farming--bring about tremendous ecological, social, and economic losses, the extent of which we are only now just realizing. But there is hope for mangroves. The world is starting to notice just how important they are and is beginning to take steps to prevent further loss. READ MORE
 
AFRICA
 
Full Economic Potential of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Remains Untapped
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KENYA - The economic and social benefits of mangroves – which are estimated to run into the hundreds of billions worldwide – remain largely untapped due to a lack of carbon finance mechanisms, appropriate policy interventions, and rapid mangrove deforestation, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. UNEP estimates the economic cost of the destruction of carbon-rich mangroves, which are being cleared 3 – 5 times faster than terrestrial forests, at $42 billion in economic damages annually. The Guiding Principles for Delivering Coastal Wetland Carbon Projects finds that the potential economic, social and environmental gains from conserving mangroves – 90 per cent of which are found in developing countries and many of which are under threat – including from mangrove inclusion in Reducing Emissions from Deforestations and forest Degradation (REDD+) strategies and protecting and enhancing mangrove stores of carbon, still remain largely under-exploited. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Phulbari Stands its Ground Against Dirty Coal
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BANGLADESH - London-based multinational company, GCM Resources Plc, is desperately moving to implement an immense open pit coal mine in northwest Bangladesh, forcibly displacing an estimated 130,000 people and destroying the homes, lands, and water sources of as many as 220,000 people.  On November 26, 2014, the company’s CEO, Gary Lye, attempted to conduct consultation with locals in Phulbari and was met with angry crowds.  “He had to leave the town in two hours. Locals have attacked his car and ransacked his office,” related Anu Muhammad, Member Secretary of Bangladesh National Committee.  “The whole self of Phulbari is fighting for their land, homes and lives. People of all classes including farmers, business entrepreneurs, rikshaw-pullers, teachers and house wives have taken to the street… The Mayor of the Phulbari Borough, the Chairman of Phulbari Upazilla and the Business Entrepreneurs have all come to consensus that they will fight against GCM’s proposed project… [this] suggests that Asia Energy’s [GCM’s local subsidiary] day has ended in true terms. Phulbari has embraced to resist open pit mine,” he continued. READ MORE
 
The Sundarbans in big trouble
Sundarbans oil Spill 2014
BANGLADESH - The Sundarbans is now facing a major environmental disaster, after a vessel carrying over 350,000 litres of furnace oil capsized in Sela River, as spill particularly jeopardises a dolphin sanctuary, the local food chain and the entire local ecology. With various authorities, who neither have the experience nor the capability to handle such a case, trying to pass the responsibility on to each other instead of making a move, the situation is getting worse by the minute since the capsize took place in the early hours yesterday. As of filing of this report around 15 hours after the incident, no sign of a rescue operation was reported in the area. “Oil tanker Southern Star Seven was anchored in the river because of dense fog. It capsized around 6am at a place inside the Chandpai Range under West Zone when another empty tanker named MT Southern hit it because of poor visibility,” Amir Hossain Chowdhury, divisional forest officer of the Sundarbans, told the Dhaka Tribune READ MORE
 
Call to close Sundarbans river route
BANGLADESH - The river route through the Sundarbans must be closed permanently. There is no guarantee that a worse accident won't take place in future and more oil will be spilled in the forest. Also, the government bodies had no preparation to deal the accident that occurred on Tuesday. Short term and long term preparations must be taken from now to ensure their failure is not repeated. This was stated by Sundarban researchers and environmental experts at a roundtable on 'Sundarbans in great danger: immediate measures'. Prothom Alo arranged the roundtable at its Kawran Bazar office yesterday, Sunday.The speakers criticised shipping minister Shahjahan Khan for his contention that the oil spill would not harm the Sundarbans. They said that already crabs, dolphins and other animals have begun to die. The accident will have a long term impact on Sundarbans' biodiversity and genetic resources. Integrated efforts are needed to ensure the Sundarbans does not face any such danger again. They advised the government to take stock of the damages done to the world heritage site by this accident. READ MORE
 
The Mekong River means life: stop the Don Sahong Dam
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VIETNAM - The Mekong River is the mother of all Southeast Asian rivers, providing life-sustaining resources to millions of people. The future of the Mekong and her people are in jeopardy, however. The government of Laos plans to build the Don Sahong Dam – the second dam proposed for construction on the Lower Mekong mainstream – on the main pathway in the Mekong that allows for year-round fish migration. If built, the Don Sahong Dam will entirely block the Hou Sahong Channel, endangering fish migration throughout the region, with far-reaching consequences for food and livelihood security in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Lives in this area and throughout the Mekong are intricately entwined with the river that provides an identity and rich history, as well as a source of income and food security. The planned site of the Don Sahong Dam is a unique section of the Mekong River, home to one of the last remaining populations of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins as well as the iconic Khone Phapheng waterfalls, and near an internationally protected Ramsar wetland site in downstream Cambodia. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Study warns of the dangers of ignoring rights in climate change negotiations
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PERU - Against the backdrop of the twentieth Conference of the Parties (CoP20) underway in Lima, Peru this week, the new report provides alarming evidence of serious rights violations associated with deforestation, and first-hand community testimony of the impact of environmental destruction on the wellbeing and cultural survival of forest-dependent communities. It highlights recommendations from indigenous peoples to support community-led initiatives to address deforestation in their own territories. ‘Securing Forests, Securing Rights’, released here for the first time, was compiled following research and investigations conducted by more than sixty indigenous and forest communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Convening in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, in March 2014, rights holders themselves spoke independently of the direct and indirect drivers of forest loss and shared their own assessments of the grave human rights violations and atrocities facing their communities and lands. READ MORE
 
 
Coral communities in mangrove habitats suggest a novel refuge from climate change
USA - Risk analyses indicate that more than 90% of the world's reefs will be threatened by climate change and local anthropogenic impacts by the year 2030 under "business-as-usual" climate scenarios. Increasing temperatures and solar radiation cause coral bleaching that has resulted in extensive coral mortality. Increasing carbon dioxide reduces seawater pH, slows coral growth, and may cause loss of reef structure. Management strategies include establishment of marine protected areas with environmental conditions that promote reef resiliency. However, few resilient reefs have been identified, and resiliency factors are poorly defined. READ MORE


LAST WORD(S)

Dear Colleagues,
 
The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are excited to announce the launch of the first Unit of a unique 10-Unit open access, self-paced online course all about mangrove ecosystems and their management.
 
Unit 1 consists of 5 lessons and introduces students to mangroves and provides a brief description of their basic characteristics, evolution, distribution, importance and status.
 
The following 9 units will be launched over the coming months and cover topics such as mangrove ecology, diversity of flora and fauna, climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation and risk reduction, restoration and management tools, economic valuation tools, and policies and laws.
 
Unit 1 can be accessed at Conservation Training and is open access. It only requires registration with the Conservation Training platform.  For more information, also to enroll please CLICK HERE
 
Hanneke Van LavierenÂ
Consultant
Hogebiezendijk 31
3401 RS IJsselstein
The Netherlands
Email: hanvanlav@gmail.com
Mobile: +1-(0)6-57802410 or +1-(0)6-57819621
 

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