Thursday, July 17, 2014

MAP NEWS ISSUE 343 - July 19, 2014


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.

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

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". 

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
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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

Order your 2014 Calendar
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

Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
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Giving could never be easier
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

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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


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 -
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"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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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

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International Mangrove Action Day is July 26
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)
FAO supports mangrove planting in coastal areas
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
‘Protect mangroves, mudflats or flamingoes may not return’
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
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
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
Shrimp’s New Path to the Plate
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
Myanmar, Norway to cooperate in mangrove conservation
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

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 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 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;


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