Monday, December 30, 2013

Your Last Chance To Make Your 2013 Year-End Donation to Mangrove Action Project!!

Dear Friends of the Mangroves,

For those who have not yet given a donation this month in support of MAP's work to save the mangroves, we ask your help. Today is the last day of 2013, and your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to MAP. We have thus far raised $7,100, with only $2900 more needed to attain our goal of $10,000 for our end of the year fundraiser. You can make a difference by giving a donation to MAP now. 

Let's go into the New Year with sufficient support to allow MAP to expand and bolster our efforts to save the mangroves. Please act now before the year ends so we can take further and stronger actions in 2014 to restore the mangroves and help conserve these vital ecosystems. Mangroves support the life of our planet. Please help us support the mangroves today!

Give before year's end, so your donation can be tax deductible. We look forward to hearing from you!

To view the original funding request CLICK HERE

Have A Happy New Year With Mangroves!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Our annual Fund drive is on!

Dear Mangrove Conservation and MAP Supporters,

Again, we would like to thank those who have already given a donation this month in support of MAP's work to save the mangroves. We have now raised $4,600, almost half-way to our goal of $10,000 total we are hoping to raise in our end of the year fundraiser.

Please consider donating to MAP now before the end of the year, so that we can begin our next year with more strength and backing to restore and conserve our planet's mangrove wetlands.

Your donation makes a difference, and will come at a critical time. Mangroves play such a vital role in reducing the ill effects of climate change. Help MAP restore a healthy, productive bioshield along the coasts now vulnerable o hurricanes and typhoons. Through your support, you can help us bring back the mangroves to areas where they can be recovered, and conserve and protect existing mangrove forests before these too are lost. Please help MAP to meet the challenge in the year to come.

Give generously today for a tomorrow with mangroves! Your donation, no matter how big or small, can make a big difference!

Give before year's end, so your donation can be tax deductible. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

MAP News Issue 329, December 9, 2013


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
329th Edition                                December 9, 2013

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Order your 2014 Calender
We are now taking pre-orders. Order yours today! 2014 Childrens Calendar
Save the Sundarbans from Rampal power plant – View Sample Letter to Minister
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Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition
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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


Volunteers needed in Sri Lanka – Positions Open with EMACE – READ MORE


MAP is looking for volunteer interns for its Thailand Headquarters – READ MORE




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

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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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CalendAr Art Certyificate Presented in Thailand 
Jim Enright (center) handing over certificate of achievement to a young artist, Taniltorn Nahyiem, at the Muang Krabi School in Krabi, Thailand who had participated in the art contest for the 2014 MAP Children's Mangrove Art Contest. His artwork was one of 13 chosen for the calendar.
THAILAND – Each year, MAP recognizes several young artisits whose work best showcases the importance of mangrove conservation, protection and restoration. The MAP Children’s Artwork Calendar celebrates the artwork of school-age children around the world. Over the past decade and a half, it has become one of MAPs best fund raising efforts, but not only that, as MAP Thailand Director Jim Enright has found, one of MAPs best educational outreach projects. Each year students from mangrove areas around the globe present their efforts to a team of judges for consideration in each year’s calendar. And each year, the selection gets harder and harder because the bar keeps being raised higher and higher. To order your 2014 Calendar please ORDER NOW
Editors note: It is sad that we must have this kind of tragedy before we talk about taking a more proactive course in restoring the living bio-shield that mangroves provide. Hindsight, though still important, will not bring back those who lost their lives- those who may have survived this typhoon event if only a healthy mangrove buffer was left intact. Losing over 2/3 of its mangroves, makes the Philippines a vulnerable nation, especially in lieu of the new dangers brought on by climate change.
DENR to restore mangrove forests in Yolanda-hit areas
PHILIPPINES - It's time to bring back mangrove forests in Eastern Visayas. Almost two weeks after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) laid waste to much of the region, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said his department plans to restore mangroves and beach forests in some 380 kilometers of the region's coastline. This could protect coastal communities from future typhoons, storm surges (flooding due to abnormal sea level rise) and other extreme weather events. According to scientists and environmentalists, mangroves are able to serve as a "buffer," shielding human settlements from the maximum strength of storms. (READ: Mangroves are PH's best shield vs climate change) A massive tree-planting activity under the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) may take place in coastal areas in Tacloban City and Dulag town in Leyte; towns Guiuan, Llorente and Balangiga in Eastern Samar; and the town of Basey in Samar. Spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the program will hire locals as a way of providing livelihood while the communities rebuild in the aftermath of Yolanda. READ MORE
Manual on Community-based Mangrove Rehabilitation
PHILIPPINES - Over four years, the Community-based Mangrove Rehabilitation Project of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London)-Philippines organized the rearing of approximately 58,000 seedlings of a dozen mangrove species in onsite nurseries, and the outplanting of close to 100,000 wildings and nursery seedlings by some 4,000 volunteers from people’s organizations, NGOs, professional organizations and church groups, students and teachers. Biophysical and sociopolitical learnings on mangrove conservation and planting, both positive and negative, from the project are documented in the Manual on Community-based Mangrove Rehabilitation (cover attached) which came out in print early this year. As interest in rehabilitating mangroves grows in the wake of the devastation from Supertyphoon Yolanda, ZSL-Philippines is proud to announce that the Manual is finally online and available to anyone with internet access. READ MORE
Why Burma's forests must be preserved
Burma - For the first time in more than 50 years, a team of wildlife film-makers has been permitted to venture deep into Burma's barely penetrable jungles. The expedition's insect expert, Ross Piper, explains why the country's forests are special and, in his view, deserve protection. Closed to outsiders for five decades, Burma, also known as Myanmar, is something of an unknown quantity, particularly in terms of its natural riches. The country is right in the centre of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, one of the most biologically important regions of the planet. We know there are still large areas of good quality forest in Burma, which could be among the last real strongholds for a huge range of species. Beyond simply supporting a dazzling variety of life, we have to remember that vast forests like these, often thousands of miles away, are crucial to every one of us, not least because they help to stabilise the climate and maintain the water cycle. READ MORE
Indonesia shrimp firm faces dilemma on stocking levels, pricing
INDONESIA - Indonesian shrimp producers are facing a dilemma over stocking levels, as they try to increase production to cash in on increased demand and prices — while at the same time protecting stocks from early mortality syndrome (EMS). “We could increase volumes by 50 to 60 percent, but to do that we’d have to increase stocking densities and thus the risk of disease,” said Sutanto Surjadjaja, managing director of CP Prima, an Indonesian arm of the CP conglomerate. Surjadjaja told SeafoodSource that his firm hopes next year to get production up to 42,000 metric tons (MT) — up from the 36,000 MT expected in 2013. “It’s a difficult call we have to make, between risk and gain.” Average stocking levels in Indonesia are similar to those in other Southeast Asian states like Thailand but CP Prima made a company decision to limit stocking levels in order to prevent disease, explained Surjadjaja. Shrimp prices have increased two fold in the past year he explained, creating a dilemma for CP Prima, which operates the world’s largest shrimp farm and has supply contracts with independent farmers. The CP Prima boss expects shrimp prices to stay solid in 2014 due to the lingering effects of EMS. “Even if there is a rebound in shrimp production it will take a long time for the price to slip back because there is no quick solution to EMS.” READ MORE
Asia’s forests grow, but not in Cambodia
CAMBODIA - Forest land in Asia-Pacific countries has grown overall since 2002, according to a study released last week, but Cambodia was one of only three countries surveyed to buck the trend. Out of 14 countries included in the study by the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC), only Laos and Papua New Guinea had lost more forest than Cambodia. Overall, the report found that across the 14 countries, forest land had increased from nearly 492 million hectares in 2002 to more than 535 million hectares in 2012. Cambodia lost 420,000 hectares, amounting to about 3.8 per cent of the total. The figures fell far short of another recent study carried out by the University of Maryland and based on satellite data, which estimated that about seven per cent of Cambodia’s forests had been logged in the past 12 years. READ MORE
Drowning mangroves in the Sunderbans
BANGLADESH - The rising water levels in the mangroves of Sunderbans has created an imbalance in the area which is otherwise blessed with a unique species diversity. The reason for this is unplanned aquaculture which needs to be immediately checked, writes Atula Gupta. The impermeable floating jungles on the seashores of India and Bangladesh, Sunderbans, are both a blessing and a challenge for life to exist in the region. With an intricate network of interconnecting waterways criss-crossing the area, land has been moulded into patches of innumerable big and small islands. But it is also the richness of the soil and the sustainability of the ecosystem that has blessed the area with species diversity second to no other mangrove habitat in the world. The eternal battle of the sea and rivers, however, that plays out in this mangrove forest shaping its character, is lately tilting in the sea’s favour. So much is the imbalance that scientists fear the rising sea level could soon gobble up the entire eastern end of the Sunderbans. READ MORE
Philippines to plant more mangroves in wake of Typhoon Haiyan
PHILIPPINES - The Philippines said it will plant more mangrove areas to prevent a repeat of the deadly storm surges that claimed hundreds of lives during Super Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month. President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma said the move was among the measures that will be part of the "comprehensive programme of environmental protection", that is being forged in the wake of the killer typhoon. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje is readying the programme which will include "no-build zones" in coastal areas, even if it means moving people who already live in such places, said Coloma."Among the directives of the president is to restore the mangroves which are natural protection of coastal areas," he told reporters. "We have already prepared mangrove plantations and we hope to begin planting soon because it takes five to seven years for these things to grow," he added.  Mangroves refers to trees and bushes that grow in marine coastal areas like marshlands with the plants standing out of the water during high tide. READ MORE
African Visionary and Conservationist Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
SOUTH AFRICA - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, one of the world’s most honored statesmen and conservationists, died at his home near Johannesburg on December 5 at the age of 95. Patrick Bergin, PhD, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation says that few people know that Mandela’s vision for South Africa included many programs that helped conserve the nation’s land and wildlife. “Though we are deeply saddened by Nelson Mandela’s passing, he leaves behind an iconic legacy – one that is an inspiration to conservationists everywhere,” said Bergin. In 1997, Mandela co-founded Peace Parks Foundation, an organization that works to establish protected areas that preserve animal migration patterns and share wildlife resources. Co-founders were the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and the late Dr. Anton Rupert. The official memorial service will be held on December 10 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. READ MORE
Not all mangroves are created equal: new map reveals carbon storage hot-spots
USA - Mangrove forests are one of the most important weapons in the fight against climate change. Not only do they directly store huge amounts of carbon, but they actively capture additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in their soils. When mangroves are destroyed, huge quantities of carbon are released into the atmosphere, significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, until recently, little research has been done to identify which mangrove forests store the most carbon and are therefore most important in combatting climate change. However, all this has changed, thanks to a new study showcasing a global map of carbon storage in mangrove forests. "These results can help guide decisions regarding priority areas for the conservation and rehabilitation of mangroves for climate change mitigation," said Mark Spalding, principle investigator on the project and marine scientist at The Nature Conservancy. READ MORE
Mangrove Rehabilitation Project for Climate Change Adaptation
KINGDOM OF TONGA - Living in the islands of Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga, we are surrounded by ocean, coral reefs and fragile coastline that are susceptible to the threats of global climate change. In Vava’u alone, there are higher tides, stronger storms, winter weather in summer and summer weather in winter. The islands are seeing changes both visibly and economically associated with climate change. Working for the IWCM Coastal Management Project, VEPA is responsible for a mangrove rehabilitation project for climate change adaptation. Sponsored by AusAid and SOPAC, this project looks into mitigating and adapting to climate change through community development. The first site we are working at is Neiafu Tahi, located on the main island of Vava’u Lahi, and a critical community area. The “Old Harbour” as it is known locally, is a small harbor for local fishing vessels, a fishing ground for the women collecting mollusks for food and a home for over 300 people directly. The area is seeing the impacts of climate change with higher seas washing over the sea wall, storm surges and soil erosion. Our part of the project is to show how mangroves can be used as a reducing species of climate change. Mangroves all over the tropics are vital for many uses in community development. READ MORE


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Support MAP this Holiday Season

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Dear Friend,

I am writing to you at an important time for all of us. As 2013 draws to a close, we reflect upon a significant year for the mangroves - more organizations and scientists are drawing attention to the enormous value and benefits of these ecosystems that can be at the forefront of climate change mitigation. Mangroves are able to sequester more CO2 than any other type of forest- up to 5 times more. This valuable carbon sink has far too often become a carbon source, with huge swathes of mangroves being cleared for unsustainable developments such as shrimp farming.
One can only postulate about how much more severe was the recent typhoon in the Philippines where over 2/3 of its protective mangrove “bioshield” was lost in the last 50 years to aquaculture and other coastal development. We do know that man will never be able to create a stronger, more adaptable, more healthy mangrove buffer zone than nature can. Island and coastal communities living by the sea are becoming more vulnerable due to sea level rise. Yet, recent research shows that mangrove habitats are responding by elevating their soil surface and preventing massive coastal erosion, another huge reason to work with rather than against these vital wetlands.
And finally we mention the proposed thermal power plant in Rampal, Bangladesh, to remind you that the largest mangrove forest in the world, and one of the last remaining strongholds of the magnificent Bengal Tiger- the Sundarbans- is under serious threat and needs our help.
We at MAP realize the need to expand the level of our work to meet the immense challenges we now must face! We greatly appreciate all those who have supported us, as you really do have a huge impact on us and our projects. We sincerely hope that our program updates and visions for the upcoming year will excite and convince you to donate what you can.
For further information please visit our new interactive and engaging website showcasing all of the work we are involved in, as well as holding an enormous amount of information about mangroves. We encourage you to sign up to receive biweekly news on all things mangroves, and use the new social media features to promote and spread awareness on all we are doing.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
For the Mangroves and the Mangrove Communities!

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Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project MAP Promotes Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR)
The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) participated in several regional training workshops in Asia in order to promote Community-Based Ecological Restoration. Ning Jarawan Enright, MAP’s Field Project Coordinator, presented at the “Carbon Stock Assessment and Emissions Inventory in Asian Mangroves: Executive Summary for Policy Makers” held in Bangkok in April 2013.
Ning-Speaks 2  The workshop was co-organized by USAID/RDMA (Regional Development Mission for Asia) through their Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, the US Forest Service (USFS), and CIFOR. There were 40 participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. The workshop was a great opportunity for MAP-Asia to share experiences in the region and to re-connect with mangrove network friends representing both NGOs and Government.
Ning presented experiences implementing CBEMR in Thailand at the session on “Mangroves and Adaptation to Climate Change”. Ning was also at the plenary panel discussion panel with the training instructors.One of the main points she emphasized was the importance of gaining access to the degraded mangrove area in order for restoration to take place. In MAP-Asia’s experience, the complexity of land ownership in coastal areas of Thailand and time spent securing sites has greatly slowed the restoration process. This year MAP-Asia facilitated a number of informative CBEMR field study visits to regenerating sites in Ranong, Krabi, and Trang provinces in Thailand for students, researchers, NGOs and media. Visitors could learn first-hand from the demonstration site and by talking with community representatives who were directly involved.


In line with the goal of further disseminating the CMEMR method MAP-Asia will organize an intensive 3-day training workshop in December for 20 community and NGO leaders which will teach both the theory and practical field skills advancing this innovative working-with-nature technique. The training will take place under the Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project with support from the German Government’s International Climate Change Initiative (ICI). EPIC is a IUCN project which will show how healthy ecosystems can help reduce the disaster risks and make livelihoods more resilient in six countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

Working With Local Communities to Conserve, Restore and Manage Their Coastal Resources
Local community involvement in coastal resource conservation and management are essential ingredients to promote a roadmap for long-term success in mangrove conservation and restoration. MAP is expanding its work with local communities while fully engaged in CBEMR work. In Thailand, two villages on Phra Thong Island, Ban Tha Pa Yoi and Ban Lions (Pak Jok), established protected areas in seagrass meadows near their communities in July 2011. Those meadows are important sources of marine invertebrates that are harvested for local consumption and for sale outside the community. The most important harvested invertebrates are the dog conch, and the sea cucumber, also known as sandfish. The purpose of the protected areas was primarily to protect those species from over-exploitation. They are easily harvested at unsustainable levels because they are found primarily in intertidal seagrass meadows which are open to access by all members of the community, as well as outsiders, without need for gear, boats, or specialized skills.
The purpose of this MAP project is to support the initiative of the two communities to maintain and manage their mangroves and seagrass protected areas, both now and in the future. It is our hope to continue to foster this kind of community involvement in other environmentally sensitive areas where MAP is present.
Mangrove Curriculum Extends Its Reach
in China, Belize and Australia

Educating future decision makers about the true value of mangroves is vital if we hope to see future generations conserve their coastal wetlands. MAP’s Education Director, Martin Keeley, has recently introduced the Marvelous Mangroves Curriculum to public school programs in three more nations- China, Belize and Australia. Two more teacher workshops were held in Belize in early August in a continued push to introduce the curriculum to the entire country. Another training workshop for teachers was held in Xiamen, China while also co-producing a 25-minute video on the 3-day teachers’ workshop which can be used in further outreach efforts.
Each time the curriculum is introduced into a new nation, it must first be adapted to fit the regional ecology and biodiversity, as well as translated into the local language. Work is also now underway in Australia to establish the curriculum there. It is also now being considered for introduction in Kenya, Madagascar and the Dutch Greater Antilles. 
MAP’s Question Your Shrimp Campaign
Since its founding in 1992, MAP has been opposing further encroachment of shrimp farming into mangrove areas. Shrimp aquaculture is still a leading cause of mangrove loss. In an effort to tackle the present annual rate of 1% loss of mangroves, MAP is expanding its Question Your Shrimp Campaign, opening up a shared office in Seattle, where the campaign is currently based. Given that approximately 75% of shrimp eaten in the US is consumed in restaurants, MAP has chosen to focus on asking chefs to take the Chef’s Pledge to not buy or serve imported, warm-water shrimp. Several interns and volunteers have joined the QYS team, carrying out a broad survey of chefs and restaurant owners to better understand how to motivate more chefs to take the Pledge. In the last two summer months of 2013, five more chefs signed onto MAP’s Pledge, promising to purchase only local shrimp caught or produced in the USA or Canada. We also have worked to encourage the public to sign our Consumer’s Pledge, which is available on MAP’s website.


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