Friday, June 24, 2011

MANGROVES YES! SHRIMP PONDS NO!

Friends of Redmanglar International and the mangrove ecosystem

July 26 is coming, the International Day for Mangrove Protection, so we took the oportunity to launch and share with you this year's motto:
"YES MANGROVES, NO SHRIMP PONDS!"
We reaffirm our opposition to the one industry that is most destructive to and that negatively impacts the mangrove ecosystem.
Since many years, communities and traditional mangrove users, as well as social and environmental organizations, have seen with great concern the faulty processes that intend to certify industrial shrimp as responsible aquaculture.

Industrial shrimp farming is responsible for the loss of mangroves and other coastal ecosystems, for the destruction and degradation of livelihoods of local communities and traditional users of mangroves, criminalization and violation of human rights, loss of food sovereignty, and loss of natural buffers against climate change.

So this July 26, we call you to unite our voices for our mangroves, our life, our future, and against the destruction, degradation and injustice generated by the industrial shrimp farming!
We invite you to join, disseminate and to endorse our slogan and be alert to materials and information we will send as part of this campaign.
Our mangroves are life, sovereignty, protection and sustenance, for that we say:
YES MANGROVES, NO SHRIMP PONDS!

Carlos Salvatierra
Executive Secretary
Redmanglar International
Executive Secretary
Guatemala City, Central America Office.
Instituto de Desarrollo Rural IDR
28 calle 17-37 zona 12
Condominio El Rosario
Tel. (502) 2476-8663

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