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MAP News Issue 442, May 12, 2018

Mangrove Action Project

The MAP News
442nd Edition                                                     May 12, 2018


WI & MAP's CBEMR Training in the Saloum Delta
SENEGAL – Wetlands International and Mangrove Action Project recently completed a two week Community Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) field summit in Saloum Delta, Senegal. Week one was a mix of training and field trips. Topics included the reasons for planting failures, mangrove benefits focusing more on the obscure features such as water cleaning, relevant mangrove biology and ecology, species zoning, measuring spot heights, the importance of hydrology and how CBEMR uses all of these factors to facilitate natural regeneration. With removal of mangrove stressors and improvements of hydrology and topography a bio-diverse ecosystem can be re-established. The second phase of three days focused on more practical issues. For example, the reduction of demand for mangrove wood. At the end members were joined by Ibrahima Thiam, Regional Director for Wetlands International Africa who present certificates for participants and many thanks from the MAP trainers for the host NGO's help and logistics efforts. READ MORE
Coastal forest conservation in Kenya adds up
KENYA - Enlist the help of hundreds of community volunteers, hire one project coordinator and two security guards, then sell carbon credits. The result: 117 hectares of protected mangrove forest on the south coast of Kenya, which provides a natural barrier against flooding from the Indian Ocean, creates both a nursery habitat for fish and water purification, and generates annual income for two villages to make vital improvements to infrastructure and social programs. Mangroves are among the most threatened of all ecosystems, with global rates of destruction exceeding those of terrestrial tropical forests They are also among the most efficient of all-natural carbon sinks and provide a wide range of other ecosystem benefits. But mangroves have been declining in quality and area throughout Kenya; their total extent decreased by 0.7 percent per year between 1985 and 2000. READ MORE
Baros mangrove conservation forest
INDONESIA – Since 2001, the youth of Baros in Bantul Regency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia have spearheaded the planting of mangroves to help protect their community from soil erosion, strong sea winds, and garbage. VIEW VIDEO
Indonesia: the resistance of the sacred in Bali to the “green revolution” and the tourism industry
INDONESIA - Of the more than 17 thousand islands that make up what is now known as Indonesia, Bali is a world tourism hotspot. The millions of people who visit each year come in search of its beaches, rice fields considered a world heritage site by UNESCO, and its famous Hindu temples. And it’s no coincidence Bali is referred to as the Island of the Gods: one of its main attractions is the set of sacred practices that form part of daily life. However, what many don’t hear about is the impact of tourism on the life of local communities. The age-old irrigation system of subaks is an expression of community relations in Bali. Legally recognized as a simple mechanism of irrigation, subaks are an ancient system of beliefs that guide the way people relate to each other and other spheres of life. Consequently, subaks are not only irrigation channels that provide water to flooded rice fields or for the cultivation of fruit and other foodstuffs. They also connect the elements that make water the religion of Bali: time, land, the air, the forests, the crops, dances, offerings, and temples. Subaks are part of the life experience of the communities and are managed by federations that are made up of leaders whose role is to observe them from an integrated perspective. READ MORE
‘Wildlife Insights’ – real-time data for conservation decision-making
USA - Wildlife Insights is a global platform that will bring together near real-time data on wildlife populations to create the most comprehensive wildlife monitoring platform on the planet. Wildlife Insights will provide data and tools that can be used to rapidly advance conservation science, decision making, and action. Conservation International, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Google have partnered to build the platform, with support from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. Wildlife insights & IUCN collaboration. Wildlife Insights partners and IUCN are exploring a new collaboration that will link the Wildlife Insights platform to the IUCN Green List Standard for Protected and Conserved Areas. This collaboration marks a major step forward in evidence-based conservation. By providing an open-access platform for global wildlife data, we believe protected areas will be able to improve their effectiveness, ultimately resulting in stable/recovering wildlife populations and in improved ecosystem benefits and healthier protected areas. READ MORE
Go slow with NZ mangrove clearances, says expert
New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - Mangroves get a bad rap and even Dr Erik Horstman​ admits he dislikes them sometimes. The researcher from the University of Waikato's Coastal Marine Group says mangroves play important roles in North Island estuaries and New Zealand should be conservative about clearing mangroves because they will almost certainly help fight climate change, sea-level rise and coastal inundation. Moreover, recent research shows clearing mangroves does not return the area to its former condition quickly.  "In contrast to the global trend of mangrove decline, New Zealand mangroves are rapidly expanding," Horstman and colleagues wrote in the New Zealand chapter of a new global book on the species called Threats to Mangrove Forests: Hazards, Vulnerability, and Management. READ MORE
World Migratory Bird Day 2018
Unified Campaign Triggers Events for Birds Around the World
GERMANY - “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018, which will be celebrated in over 60 countries around the world on 12 May 2018. World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, UN-backed global awareness-raising and environmental education campaign focused on migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. “Migratory birds connect people, ecosystems and nations. They are symbols of peace and of an interconnected planet. Their epic journeys inspire people of all ages, across the globe. World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great natural wonder of bird migration – but also a reminder that those patterns, and ecosystems worldwide, are threatened by climate change.  I urge Governments and people everywhere to take concerted conservation action that will help to ensure the birds’ survival -- and our own”, said United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in a statement to mark World Migratory Bird Day. READ MORE
Mapping ecosystems through multifunctionality lens broadens options
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GERMANY — In an era of increasing competition for resources, with pressing needs both to nourish human populations and support ecosystems and biodiversity, the search for holistic solutions that minimize conflicts over land use is a hot topic for ecology and landscape management. Traditionally, ecology has focused on studying individual functions within ecosystems and consideration of how they relate to their drivers. But ecosystem functioning is actually “inherently multidimensional,” say the authors of a new study published in Nature, Ecology and Evolution. In recognition, the term “multifunctionality” has grown in popularity in recent years. It is usually referred to broadly as the ability of an ecosystem to deliver a number of different functions or services simultaneously As lead author Peter Manning explains, if we can take better measures of the multitude of interlocking things that ecosystems are providing, it can help us to make much more careful decisions about the ways we manage and interact with them. READ MORE

In Memoriam: Celebrating Prof. Sam Hettiarachchi, a true Eco-DRR Champion 
Prof. Samantha Hettiarachchi, civil engineer, ecosystem proponent and Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka was a graduate of Imperial Collage, London in Coastal and Harbour Science. In 1987 he greatly promoted increased investments in coastal vegetation for protecting coastal communities in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Prof. Hettiarachchi was one of the first scientists to model the relation between mangroves and wave attenuation. While leading the efforts to modernize the Disaster Risk Management in Sri Lanka by setting up the Ministry of Disaster Management and Disaster Management Centre he served the global community as the Chairman of the Working Group on Risk Assessment of the UNESCO/Indian Ocean Commission (Paris) and Inter-governmental group for the establishment of Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System (IOTWS). His expertise was reflected in UNESCO guidelines on coastal hazards, risk assessment and management.
MAP celebrates Dr. Sam Hettiarachchi’ s significant contribution to the field of ecosystem protection for human resilience. Dr. Sam is also remembered as a humble and gentle man, who mentored many young students and professionals who will undoubtedly carry forward his dedication for advancing knowledge and humanity.


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Celebrate Arbor Day ALL Year Long with Mangrove Action Project!
National Arbor Day was April 27, 2018. So let’s get together and celebrate the importance of trees! 


Sign on: letter to the Chief Minister of Sabah, Malaysia - To stop the destruction of communities’ mangrove area in Pitas and support indigenous communities to protect and conserve the last remaining 1000 acres of their forest - SIGN HERE

President Abdulla Yameen: Stop Destruction of Kulhudhuffushi Mangroves! CLICK HERE



Want to learn more about mangroves?mangrove-action-project-presentation-1-1024.jpg?cb=1424228039
Our short presentation will give you a better understanding of the issues we are working to solve. WATCH PRESENTATION

What is CBEMR? Easy to follow fact sheet – CLICK HERE

What is EPIC? - The Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project:  the role of ecosystems as protective barriers against climate induced hazards

A pictorial field guide for easy identification of various mangrove species and learning about the mangroves ecosystem. CLICK HERE
View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel
Question Your Shrimp Consumer/Markets Campaign!  

Mangrove Restoration in Asia – Watch Short Video

Mosaic of Life 
Peek into the underwater world of mangroves, "womb of the sea." By Liz Cunningham Photos By Wes Matweyew and Liz Cunningham

The Value of Mangrove Forests View Video

CBEMR Experience Exchange MAP 2017 English Subtitles

Mangroves: Guidebook to Malaysia – Click Here
Mangrove rehabilitation in Asia – Local Action and cross-border Transfer of Knowledge for the Conservation of Climate, Forests and Biodiversity VIEW VIDEOS HERE
CLICK HERE to watch short introductory video. Together we can work "at the roots of the sea".
Our short documentary, Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions : Mangroves
EPIC-Film 2
Exclusive Interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mangrove Action Project - See more

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum

The Marvellous Mangroves Education Forum is an online hub for those utilizing the Marvellous Mangroves (MM) Curriculum. It gives students, teachers and anyone interested in mangroves, the opportunity to learn and share ideas themed around the curriculum, to connect and communicate with others around the globe whilst exploring mangroves from your computer or on the go. VISIT

The award-winning Marvellous Mangroves (MM) curriculum educates children on the importance of mangroves and their ecological functions, teaching them about modern challenges and mechanisms for sustainability. VIEW VIDEO

MAP Education Director Martin Keeley’s most recent book is Marvellous Mangroves: Myths and Legends, a compilation of stories from “Mangrove Peoples”—those who live on shorelines where mangroves thrive—from around the world. READ MORE

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum in Bangladesh - WATCH VIDEO
En Portuges

Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.

Education in the Mangroves - China

Check out our presentation for more details on Marvellous Mangroves

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

FREE MAP Mangrove e-cards CLICK HERE
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

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"Question Your Shrimp" Campaign

Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition

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

Information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
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