Thursday, August 14, 2014

MAP News Issue 345 - August 16, 2014

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Partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources.

The MAP News
345th Edition                                August 16, 2014

Mangrove Action Project

Action Alerts:

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


Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has prepared a statement to world leaders on the serious risks posed by climate change. By clicking here you can add your name.
 
The survival of the Sundarbans is now at peril as the government is adamant to set up a coal-based power plant (1320 mw) adjacent to the forest. VIEW VIDEO
CALLING FOR MANGROVE ART SUBMISSIONS!
A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old. We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us “why mangroves are important to my community and me?”. Selected winners will be published in a 2015 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology.  READ MORE

SHARE MAP'S VISION 
CLICK HERE to watch short introductory video. Together we can work "at the roots of the sea". 

Join us in saving our beautiful country!
We hope you have been following the ongoing battle in Bimini, Bahamas.
We are in need of your help more than ever
Click here
 
Exclusive Interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mangrove Action Project - See more
  
Save the Date! XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015 READ MORE
MAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THAILAND VIEW REQUIREMENTS


Pre-Order your 2015 Calendar
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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
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Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
Donate to MAP via Paypal
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It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
 
—Mahatma Gandhi


Green Planet Fundraising Assists MAP – LEARN MORE


MANGROVE ISSUES 

View New Videos posted by MAP Asia intern, Delphine. CLICK HERE
 
The importance of restoring mangroves in an effective, long-term manner. Mangrove video - VIEW

Please view our new video for our Question Your Shrimp Consumer/Markets Campaign! It is now on our website under the Question Your Shrimp section heading. WATCH VIDEO

Mangrove Restoration in Asia – Watch Short Video
Mosaic of Life 
READ A MOSAIC OF LIFE” Peek into the underwater world of mangroves, "womb of the sea." By Liz Cunningham Photos By Wes Matweyew and Liz Cunningham

View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel

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

Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.
By Martin A. Keeley, Education Director, Mangrove Action Project
Read this 10 page history of the development of MAP’s educational curriculum VIEW DOCUMENT

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

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


"Question Your Shrimp" Campaign

Learn more about the affects of the shrimp industry on mangroves by visiting our blog

Editor’s Note: Mangrove Action Project’s Executive Director, Alfredo Quarto was interviewed about shrimp by Green Acre Radio’s Martha Baskin

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

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

 
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EL SALVADORE - A future tourist investment to be made in the mangrove area located in Jiquilisco, Usulutan, does not necessarily mean joy for the members of the 24 families of La Tirana community in the Bajo Lempa. 

Nahum Adam Diaz, leader of the Association of Communities of Mangrove Bay Jiquilisco said they are concerned about the supposed "privatization of access to the sea." "It's a big problem for us because some ask mangrove grant, which for us is the anchor that gives life to all who surround him," said Diaz. 



"Since 2007 we have protected this forest, we have provided handling and feel like owners, and I think we have the right to be considered," said the leader.

Eduardo Murcia, another leader in the community La Tirana, also expressed in the same line, requesting the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) that will not be detrimental to the sustainability of mangrove forest that gives them food.

To date we have announced intentions to develop some tourist Jiquilisco Bay, supported by the resources that would be obtained with the Millennium Fund, which disbursed $ 277 million is not defined yet.

On a visit to the La Tirana and surroundings, Jose Acosta, representing the Voices organization de la Frontera, explained that there are large government aspirations in the field of tourism, but will not be looking at all the environmental impact that would have on the communities.

Indeed, a delegation of senators and businessmen recently reached the bay, accompanied by officials to know the potential.

According to Acosta, the Government's plans do not make clear the issue of water as it is not set on where they will work for companies.

"Jiquilisco Bay is rich in resources, with 55 miles of beach attractions for foreign tourists, who are the bet. There is a debate that includes communities and it is important to generate the potential benefits and impacts that projects can bring, "said the representative of Voces de la Frontera.

Your Century! Event Information




On Friday 21st November, 2014, 200 young people will go on a journey across continents, exploring environmental problems and their solutions. 
 
Who’s it for?
The event will cover many curriculum areas within Key Stages 3-5, from Geography and Sciences to Art and PHSE. The event and pre-event activity will enrich learning, particularly in the spaces between ‘art’ and ‘science’, promoting a multi-disciplinary approach and showing young people that their actions are meaningful and have purpose and that with the right knowledge, they can shape the future. 

Pre-event activity
Before the journey begins, Synchronicity Earth and event partners will provide ‘discovery kits’ to participating schools, clubs, individuals and groups. These will offer ways of understanding why the planet is incredible and what is happening to its ecosystems – e.g., resource depletion, pollution, climate change, species loss – via film, debate and guided activity. These kits can be incorporated within lesson plans or used independently. 

On completion of this preparatory work, young people who have signed up to Your Century! will be able to pre-select the three workshops – out of a choice of 18 – that they wish to attend at the event.

Event (16:30 to 21:00)
The event will begin with an introduction from an ‘Elder’ – someone who has who has explored the natural world and witnessed human impacts and who wants to inspire young people to protect life on Earth. 

Within the two workshops that follow, young people will be able to explore in more detail the problems facing the planet, guided by facilitators who will help them to discuss their thoughts and feelings. These sessions will be a cross between a TED talk and a passionate conversation and may include Skype-links with young people in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond.
The final workshop will help young people to develop skills (spoken/written word; campaigning; music/theatre; art) that will help them to make a difference beyond the event. 

At the closing session of Your Century! workshop representatives will present the ideas that most inspired them and the challenges they would most like to overcome. These will be collated into a declaration that will remind participants that this is their time and they are part of a wider network of people working towards a more responsible human culture.

Post-Event
We will support young people and their guides to bring the conversation back to their schools, youth groups and communities, developing a continued learning process which will enable ideas to become a reality.

To book your free space or to find out more information contact victoria@synchronicityearth.org

Thursday, July 31, 2014

MAP NEWS Issue 344 - August 2, 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
344th Edition                                August 2, 2014

Mangrove Action Project

Action Alerts:

IUCN has been an active participant in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2012. The SDSN has prepared a statement to world leaders on the serious risks posed by climate change. By clicking here you can add your name alongside many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts to an urgent message to world leaders. 
 
The survival of the Sundarbans is now at peril as the government is adamant to set up a coal-based power plant (1320 mw) adjacent to the forest. VIEW VIDEO
 
CALLING FOR MANGROVE ART SUBMISSIONS!
A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old. We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us “why mangroves are important to my community and me?”. Selected winners will be published in a 2015 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology. 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
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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
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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


 
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


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Sign the Consumer's Pledge to avoid imported shrimp


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FEATURED STORY
New Tool Makes Case for Mangrove Protection
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Mangroves play a critical role buffering coastal communities against flooding and storms and provide habitat for thousands of species of birds and marine animals. Recent evidence suggests that mangroves sequester carbon very effectively and healthy mangroves could help protect our climate.  Unfortunately, humans are destroying huge areas of mangroves and if we do not take action they may be functionally extinct by the turn of the century. I am pleased to report on a new resource for protecting mangroves: The ELAW Mangrove Science Database. Dr. Heidi Weiskel, ELAW Staff Scientist, worked closely with David Pugh, ELAW Web Designer, to ensure that key research on mangroves, published by more than 75 scientists, is included in this comprehensive resource for citizens worldwide. READ MORE
 
ASIA
 
Supermarket giants in Thailand for shrimp industry slavery talks
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THAILAND - U.K. and U.S. supermarket groups are meeting in Thailand this week to create a taskforce to tackle trafficking and forced labor in the shrimp feed industry. The talks follow a Guardian investigation last month that uncovered slavery in the supply chains of Thai seafood sold to major international retail brands. The three-day meeting will be hosted by Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the world's largest prawn farmer, which the Guardian found buys fishmeal from suppliers that own, operate or buy from fishing boards manned with slaves. READ MORE
 
New shrimp farming system to boost yields
BANGLADESH - A growing number of shrimp farmers and processors are giving up traditional farming practices and turning to improved aquaculture to boost yields and exports. Acreage of shrimp under a modern farming technology -- semi-intensive shrimp farming -- rose to 1,100 hectares this year from 800 hectares a year ago. The improved farming practices were seen only on 10 hectares of land in 2002, said Prafulla Kumar Sarker, district fisheries officer of Khulna, a hub for shrimp farming and pioneer in modern practices. In traditional shrimp cultivation, less than 25,000 juveniles are farmed per hectare. But in semi-intensive farming, up to two lakh juveniles can be cultivated per hectare. Traditional farming is done in lowlands and canals. But semi-intensive farming requires carefully laid-out ponds in controlled environment. READ MORE
 
5,482 hectares of mangroves will soon be reserved forests
INDIA - More than a year after the state’s decision to notify all mangroves on public land as ‘reserved forests’, around 5,482 hectares of mangroves on government land in Thane and Raigad districts will be notified as reserved forests. Around 4,478 hectares of mangroves in Thane (Dahanu division) will be declared reserved forests by July 25 and 1,004.48 hectares in Raigad district by the next week, the Konkan divisional commissioner informed the state. “The government-approved 4478 hectares, give and take a 100 hectares, will be notified by July 25, while the Raigad proposal of notifying 1004.48 hectares of mangroves on government land is with me. The notification will take a week more,” said R L Mopalwar, divisional commissioner, konkan division. “It takes time for our surveying team to delineate mangrove lands as well as the 50m  buffer zones, and to ensure that only mangroves on government land are notified,” he said. This move comes after senior officials from the forest department pressed for speedy notification. READ MORE
 
Flagrant abuse of wetlands in and around Mumbai: Mangrove cell
INDIA - A road cut across a wetland on Thane-Bhiwandi Road with mangroves still standing in the middle of it, private mangrove forest converted into dumping ground by Thane municipal corporation and an entire residential building constructed on a wetland in Thane and wetlands converted into parking lots in Dahisar and Thane were a few gross Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) violations that the mangrove cell found in and around Mumbai. The cell enlisted these violations in its affidavit recently submitted to the Bombay High Court (HC). The mangrove cell was instructed by the HC to visit spots mentioned in a petition by a group of NGOs, seeking protection of wetlands. In a “shocking case of flagrant abuse of wetlands” at Dive Anjur, adjacent to Thane-Bhiwandi road, a road made by dumping of debris extends 1.5 km through a vast wetland in the area, the report stated. The officials noted several large mangrove trees, some still standing in the middle of the road, struggling to survive. Large amount of debris was dumped in the surroundings too. “The fact that this illegal dumping activity and road construction can easily be seen from the heavily commuted highway only goes to show the audacity of the perpetrators of this environmental outrage. READ MORE
 
AMERICAS
 
Osa Peninsula Celebrates Mangrove Action Day
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COSTA RICA – With the participation of community groups working on the Osa Peninsula, state institutions, the Vice Minister of Water, Oceans, Coasts and Wetlands Fernando Mora, Vice Minister of Youth and Elena Quesada Neotrópica Foundation all came together to celebrate the International Day of Mangroves, with this year’s motto: "For the Mangrove and Sea Peoples in the Fight". Thus, 25 local organizations and institutions came together for community participation in the implementation of the Management Plan Térraba and to build a model of community conservation Osa Conservation Area. The group also plans a 2 month Monitoring Plan which will contribute not only to maintain proper control and monitoring but also to involve community groups to improve their quality of life. READ MORE

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
CUBA - Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway that once paralleled the coast, even an old military tank that people now use to measure the sea's yearly advance. "There was a road there," said Jose Manuel Herrera, 42, a fisherman and former charcoal harvester, pointing toward the gentle waves. "You could travel from here all the way to Mayabeque." Worried by forecasts of rising seas from climate change, the effects of hurricanes and the salinization of farmlands, authorities say they are beginning a forced march to repair Cuba's first line of defense against the advancing waters — its mangrove thickets, which have been damaged by decades of neglect and uncontrolled logging. In the second half of 2013, a moratorium was declared on mangrove logging. Now, the final touches are being put on a sustainable management master plan that is expected to be in place before the end of the year. President Raul Castro has said the plan is a top priority. READ MORE
 
Group urges action to end political influence on climate policy
VENEZUELA - The effects of the climate crisis certainly fall more heavily on the most vulnerable populations.  Communities and peoples of marine coastal areas are one of them; rising sea levels will represent the loss of territories, the threats to food sovereignty and processes of forced migration. The warming waters and increased acidity in them, results in the loss or reduction of marine life and species important to the livelihood and food. In general, climate change will increase the social and ecological vulnerabilities.  Given this reality, Redmanglar International under the Social PRECOP on Climate Change organized by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, says:  “It is essential to address the effects of climate change, incorporate ancient knowledge as a structural axis of actions focused on containment, adaptation and survival of the people. Incorporate a vision of development based on the territorial approach.” READ MORE   
 
For the love of mangroves and its resources
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BRAZIL - The ‘Waia’mu Project’ is an action between guaiamum (blue crab) lovers proposing the recognition of the species as one of the most refined and exclusive Brazilian delicacies, and its perpetuation through information and participation in preservation efforts of mangroves and its environs – which is where the guaiamum lives. Our multitask team, formed by me, Iaara Rosenthal, Glaucia Holzmann and Janka Babenco – all fans of the delicacy – was willing to shoot, write, interview and find out as much as possible about the local passion for guaiamuns, the conservation status of mangroves and of course eat some samples. We named the trip “Guaiamoon Expedition”, due to the coincidence of the super moon phenomenon on the day of the event. READ MORE
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MAP’s educational curriculum comes to Australian schools
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AUSTRALIA - Teachers and students from regional schools will launch the Australian adaptation of the Mangrove Action Project’s Marvellous Mangroves curriculum-based Teachers’ Resource Guide together with Adelaide-based festival artist Evelyn Roth’s Mangrovia from July 31 through August 3. On July 31st in Australia’s mangrove habitats when they don colourful costumes designed and built by Ms. Roth for this project, and explore the roots of the red mangrove tree in the amazing inflatable dome dubbed Mangrovia. Queensland’s educators will then come together on August 1st workshop on the importance of mangrove wetlands at the Bundaberg Landcare Rooms (80A Woongarra Street). Co-sponsored by the international non-profit organization the Mangrove Action Project (MAP), the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG), the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, the Singing Field Foundation and the Australian Government, the Marvellous Mangroves workshop gives teachers a first-hand experience of the curriculum guide. READ MORE
 
LAST WORD(S)
 
Editors Note - Normally we select 1 letter per issue to include as our "Last Word" however this week we received three letters that all deserve to be our last word - since they are all important we are including all 3 here - thanks for your submissions!

Dear Monica
 
Hello. My name is Susan Park from South Korea. I’m a USCPA worker in a French Accounting firm in Seoul.  I’d like to introduce my boy, Rock Lee who’s in the 5th grade in elementary school. He’s an environmental artist. He’s a member of UNEP(Un Environmental Program) , Greenfund Korea, Greenranger Korea and he’ve founded his own environmental student’s group ‘ Earth Kids Foundattion
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He’s also an blogger www.earthkid.net he created his own environmental character ‘Rikki and piki’ upload webtoon on his blog. His presentation about Kribati which is one of sinking island now is on the UNEP WED site. He’d like to join the Children’s Mangrove Calendar Art Contest but we could send it by 31st of July so you’ll be receive next week. It’s possible to participate in it? I also suggest that we can work together in some way to save the earth. Some project we’ll work together. You don’t have an office in Korea? We can find out some way that we corporate together.
 
Regards
 
Susan
 
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Hi Alfredo,
 
I am writing a blog that is aimed at educating people about mangroves and particularly mangrove ecology.  The blog is located at mangrovecreatures.blogspot.com.au.  It has some thirty posts so far but will cover many subjects in time.  Please consider linking to this site or just passing the link on.
 
Cheers,
 
Andrew Mitchell
Principal Environmental Scientist
Lambert & Rehbein
26 Florence Street Cairns QLD 4870
T (07) 4031 6788 | M +61 411 655 290 |E Andrew.M@lar.net.au | W www.lar.net.au
 
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AND FINALLY – A Farewell to our latest intern!
 
Hello everybody,
 
This is a goodbye email. Tomorrow is my last day as a MAP volunteer. During this last 5 months I learnt a lot about mangrove, NGO management, Thailand and my english improved a lot thanks to all of you.
 
Now, I am going back to France and finish my degree. I already know I will miss this great experience.
 
Thank you so much for all the great work you are doing and for everything you taught me and I hope we will meet again in the mangrove's world.
 
Cheers,
 
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Delphine Gébelin
MAP-Asia Office Development & Field Project Assistant (Intern)
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