Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mangrove Action Project Receives Disney Conservation Grant

The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been selected as a recipient of a grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) for its project, Mangrove Curriculum Transfer to Belize.  This grant is part of the Fund’s $20 million milestone in conservation giving since the DWCF began in 1995. Since that time MAP has received three grants from DWCF totaling more than $39,000.00.

Mangrove Curriculum Transfer to Belize is among 80 projects selected this year for their efforts to inspire people and collaborations to protect the world’s wildlife and to connect kids and communities to nature.

Belize marks the ninth country ranging from China to Brazil, from Sri Lanka to Guatemala, that will be the recipient of MAP’s Marvelous Mangroves curriculum. The grant will enable MAP to work with its partner in Belize, the Southern Environmental Association (SEA), to adapt the curriculum for use in that country.

“DWCF support during the past six years has proven invaluable in bringing our Marvellous Mangroves curriculum to different countries,” said MAP’s Global Education Director, Martin Keeley. “Now we begin work with SEA on adapting the resource materials to suit the flora, fauna, geology and geography of Belize. Once that is done we will develop and implement an SEA field directors training on mangroves in primary and secondary institutions throughout Belize.”

About DWCF
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to save species and habitats and to connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values.  To date, DWCF has granted more than $20 million to support conservation programs in 112 countries.  Projects chosen for funding must address a critical conservation need, contribute solid field science, and incorporate community conservation education and engagement.  To see the complete list of 2012 DWCF grant recipients, visit disney.com/conservation. 

Learn more about Disney’s citizenship efforts at www.disney.com/citizenship

About MAP
In 2012 MAP celebrates 20 years of dedicated action for the mangroves and the people who depend on them.
The Mangrove Action Project is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems worldwide. Its main goal is to promote the rights of traditional and indigenous coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, to sustainably manage their coastal environs. At the same time MAP strives to use the formal education process to introduce mangrove ecology on a scientific and social level to students in their classrooms
Through its global network and offices - International (U.S.A. Office),  Asia Regional (Thailand Office),  Indonesia, and Latin America - MAP is stimulating the exchange of ideas and information on the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities.
Learn all about MAP’s work at:  www.mangroveactionproject.org.

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