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MAP New Issue 453 - Oct 13, 2018

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The MAP News
453rd Edition                                                     October 13, 2018

IN MEMORY OF Roy R. “Robin” Lewis III
We at MAP were saddened to hear of the passing of Roy R. “Robin” Lewis III. He made a substantial contribution to the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) over the years as a Board Member then as our technical advisor sharing his knowledge & understanding of mangroves and restoration for the benefit of the planet. Robin was one of MAP's first board members, and helped shape our efforts. We at MAP owe much to him for his dedicated work and wise counsel over those many years. We thank you! Roy R. "Robin" Lewis III, Professional Wetland Scientist, Ecological Society of America Certified Senior Ecologist, Board Certified Environmental Professional READ MORE

FEATURE STORY

Harvesting honey saves forests and lives
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THAILAND - The coastal villages of SW Thailand were once home to thriving mangrove forest ecosystems that preserved the shoreline, sequestered carbon, sheltered fish, and sustained communities that relied on small-scale inshore fishing. Today, these communities are among the poorest in the region as mangroves are lost to aquaculture, logging, and urban expansion. MAP will help 4 communities develop sustainable sources of mangrove-based income through harvesting high-quality honey from mangrove flowers. Since 2014, MAP has been collaborating with Ban Nai Nang to generate new income while restoring their mangrove forests. Today 45 beekeeping families, who would normally depend on small-scale fishing, are empowered, producing +300kg of honey per year and value-added products such as hand soaps, shampoos and balms. They want to pass on their expertise to 4 other communities, creating a sustainable network to share skills and knowledge. READ MORE


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AFRICA

Tanzania plans to set new conservation program for mangroves
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TANZANIA - An official said Tanzania planned to come up with a new management plan for mangrove conservation. Zawadi Mbwambo, Director of Resources Management with state-owned Tanzania Forest Services Agency, said adoption of the new plan will replace the existing one, which has been in place for nearly three decades. Tanzania is one of few countries which have been blessed with mangrove forests, with an estimated 115,000 hectares of the trees. Opening a four-day National Mangroves Stakeholders Workshop , Mbwambo said the government through the agency and other local and international institutions were collecting data on mangroves that will be used to formulate the plan. "The existing mangrove management plan was established 27 years ago. However, it has posed a challenge that we are currently not certain of the status of mangrove production and destruction," he said in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. The government is currently prohibiting people from harvesting mangroves which are facing extinction, said the official. READ MORE

Mida creek conservation groups want incentives to promote marine ecosystem
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KENYA - Mida creek conservation groups in Kilifi want to be provided with incentives to set up blue economy projects. The locals who largely engage in mangrove conservation have ideas of setting up projects of ecotourism, eco-agriculture among others to help them uplift their standards of living and promote conservation of the marine ecosystem. Currently, community members engage in conserving the mangroves by setting up nurseries and planting seedlings in degraded areas but the majority are living in poverty. Arafa Salim Baya a conservationist and a member of women conservation groups within the Mida Creek said the incoming Blue economy conference should come up with proper ideas of funding groups that are keen in conserving the marine ecosystem. Speaking after mangrove planting exercise done in partnership with Seacology Foundation, a non-governmental organization that funds conservation projects in East Africa, Baya said there is need to set up projects that can transform life for the locals. READ MORE

ASIA

Mangroves destruction violates fundamental rights of citizens
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INDIA - The Bombay High Court, in an 83-page judgment, on Tuesday banned destruction and cutting of mangroves in Maharashtra. The bench,also prohibited any sort of commercial exploitation of the mangroves. All mangrove land, according to the court, will fall in Coastal Regulation Zone-I category as per both the CRZ notifications of 1991 and 2011. “The destruction of mangroves offends the fundamental rights of the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. In view of the provisions of Articles 21, 47, 48A and 51A (g) of the Constitution of India, it is a mandatory duty of the State and its agencies and instrumentalities to protect and preserve mangroves.” In its latest direction, the high court has asked Maharashtra government to identify all such private plots and declare them as protected or reserved forest area within 18 months in accordance with the Indian Forests Act, 1927. The jurisdiction of those lands will then be transferred to the Maharashtra Forest Department. READ MORE

TMC to deploy drones to digitally map mangrove belt in Thane
INDIA - The municipal corporation will now keep an aerial vigil over the mangrove belt along the Thane coastal belt to keep check on the mafia involved in its alleged destruction. The decision to deploy drones for mangrove surveillance and also digitally mapping the mangrove belt in Thane was taken by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal at a review meeting on Monday. The meeting was held following the Bombay High Court recently ordering stern steps to be taken against those found tampering with the mangroves. Jaiswal said that a special committee will be formed to analyse the damage done to the green cover since 2005 and appropriate investigations and police case will be filed against the perpetrators. READ MORE

Enabling Resilience for All: Avoiding the Worst Impacts
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PHILIPPINES - The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), is the primary regional platform for adaptation practitioners to meet, share their learning and experiences, and work together towards the pertinent outcomes and practical solutions that are needed to address the challenges of climate change. Since the first event in 2010, the APAN Climate Change Forum has grown to become the venue for scientists, donors, youth, and representatives from over 50 countries to meet, converse, and work together for adaptation action partnerships. The 6th Forum will be built around four “streams” focusing on (i) resilience of social and human systems, (ii) resilience of natural systems, (iii) resilience of industry and the built environment, and (iv) resilience of island communities. The inclusion of islands recognizes that Asia and the Pacific’s numerous and diverse island communities face particular challenges associated with economic shocks and natural hazards, and building resilience is often an existential task. The hosts of this year’s Forum - the Philippines and Palau – embody the diverse experiences of island communities and have compelling resilience stories to share, which many other countries in Asia and the Pacific might identify with and learn from.READ MORE

Come clean on mangrove forest clearing in Juru, authorities told
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MALAYSIA - A swathe of the last remaining mangrove forest here is allegedly being cleared indiscriminately, believed to be for the development of aquaculture ponds. The location is accessible via a bund road that starts at the Sungai Belanak Fisherman Jetty towards the Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM). Machineries were spotted at the site recently to clear the 0.9ha mangrove forest and level the muddy soil. Checks by NSTP at the area today showed the entrance had been cordoned off with a black trawler net. Next to it was a shrimp pond, which has been in operations for the past five years. “In a survey along the bund road in Juru, Bukit Tengah recently, we were shocked to see machinery used to clear the mangrove forest and the muddy soil being leveled while being observed by several individuals there,” Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) president S.M. Mohamed Idris said. READ MORE

5 new complaints filed against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company
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INDONESIA - Indonesian, Liberian and International NGOs have just filed five new complaints (attached below) against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources (GAR). GAR which is part of the huge Sinar Mas (Golden Rays) conglomerate run by the Widjaja family with interests ranging from palm oil and pulpwood to real estate and banking, is failing to comply with the RSPO’s standards, claim the NGOs. Both GAR and its subsidiary in Liberia – Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) – angered NGOs when they recently withdrew GVL’s membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), thus dodging a demand from RSPO that it halt development of its palm oil mill on contested lands. According to Liberian NGOs, GVL was pushing ahead with its development despite the refusal of the Blogbo community to cede their lands to the company, despite their complaints to the RSPO, despite their complaints being upheld by the RSPO Complaints Panel and despite the Panel upholding the stop work order it had issued, after overruling an appeal by GVL against the Panel’s decision. READ MORE

Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat will be conserved as a Nature Park
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SINGAPORE - In conjunction with the World Migratory Bird Day next weekend and the 25th anniversary of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, the National Parks Board (NParks) today announced that Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat will be conserved as a Nature Park. Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat is situated about 3 km to the east of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is one of the richest wetlands in Singapore. Collectively, the Wetland Reserve, Kranji Marshes and the new Nature Park safeguard a variety of complementary wetland habitats, including mangroves, mudflats and freshwater marshes, strengthening the conservation of wetland biodiversity in the northwestern part of Singapore. (Refer to Annex for map of wetland habitats) Ecologically linked to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, the 72.8-hectare Nature Park will enhance the Reserve’s ecological capacity in wetland and migratory shorebird conservation. NParks will sensitively provide opportunities for research and education in the Nature Park for visitors to learn more about Singapore’s wetland biodiversity and to play a part in its conservation. The Nature Park is slated to be opened in mid-2022.READ MORE

AMERICAS

Noted environmentalist dies at home in Salt Springs
Robin R. "Roy" Lewis III
USA - "His work improved the quality of life for millions of people who’ve probably never heard of him, as well as helped save thousands of fresh and salt-water species," said Lynda Lewis of her brother, Roy R. "Robin" Lewis. Roy R. "Robin" Lewis III, a certified environmental professional and senior ecologist whose work was well known locally and internationally, died Sept. 24 at his home in Salt Springs. He was 74. Lewis was a member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, Society of Wetland Scientists and Ecological Society of America, and president of Lewis Environmental Services, Inc. Coastal Resources Group, Inc., among many other affiliations. "His work has touched many special places in Florida and around the world, improved the quality of life for millions of people who've probably never heard of him, as well as helped save thousands of fresh and salt-water species," she noted. READ MORE

Climate Change in My Lifetime 
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USA - Leaders in business, local government, and from across communities continue to step up around climate action. Under the umbrella of the 30x30 Forest, Food and Land Challenge, WWF and over 100 NGOs, businesses, state and local governments, indigenous groups and communities issued 17 commitments to advance the forest, food and land agenda. Land, and how we use it, is the second largest source of emissions, but can deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed to meet the targets set by the Paris Agreement. Business and local leaders weren't the only ones making gains for climate action: An estimated 30,000 people took to the streets of San Francisco to speak out for strong climate action. Behind the WWF banner were 200+ WWF staff and supporters marching through San Francisco, with Panda Ambassadors mobilizing in more than 10 cities across the country. Thank you to everyone who marched alongside us. READ MORE

GLOBAL

New methodology for comparing and assessing risk reduction benefits of mangroves in countries 
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GLOBAL - TNC scientists and partners at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute IH Cantabria, Spain have produced a ranking of countries that receive the greatest risk reduction benefits from mangroves, relative to their vulnerability. The Global Value of Mangroves for Risk Reduction– available in both a Summary Report and a Technical Report– uses rigorous hydrodynamic and economic models to value the coastal flood protection services of mangroves globally, and then identifies the places where mangroves provide the most benefits to people and property. This work applies an approach that is commonly used in engineering and insurance sectors, and quantifies protection benefits of mangroves as the amount of flood damages avoided because of the presence of mangroves. READ MORE

Plastic Forests?
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GLOBAL - The contamination of marine and coastal environments with plastics and other manmade debris is becoming a worldwide problem. Many mangrove forests are becoming inundated by this pollution, threatening ecosystem health and the benefits they provide. This story map presents the results from a survey of 24 mangroves sites conducted in 12 countries across the world. Information gathered included the general status and overall trend of mangrove health, impacts of pollution as well as local usage and management. Mangroves are not equally distributed throughout their range. This map shows the high variation in the distribution of above-ground mangrove biomass. Highest values are typically associated with tropical areas with high annual rainfall, whereas lower values are typically found in colder and drier areas. READ MORE

LAST WORD

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Thanks to the support of our MAP community during this Accelerator, we can now fund training for 2 villages to implement beekeeping, all as part of an integrated effort to maintain mangrove forests and provide livelihoods for those who live in them.

We are still looking to fund at least 2 other villages in the same manner, helping to further spread the impact of this sustainable livelihood, and this is the last day to give during our GlobalGiving Accelerator Campaign!

 
 
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MAP news Issue 452 - Sept 29, 2018

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452nd Edition                                                     September 29, 2018
IN MEMORY OF  Roy R. “Robin” Lewis III
robin-lewis1We at MAP were saddened to hear of the passing of Roy R. “Robin” Lewis III. He made a substantial contribution to the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) over the years as a Board Member then as our technical advisor sharing his knowledge & understanding of mangroves and restoration for the benefit of the planet. Robin was one of MAP's first board members, and helped shape our efforts. We at MAP owe much to him for his dedicated work and wise counsel over those many years. We thank you! Roy R. "Robin" Lewis III, Professional Wetland Scientist, Ecological Society of America Certified Senior Ecologist, Board Certified Environmental Professional READ MORE



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THAILAND - Please help MAP to expand beekeeping training projects in 4 villages in Southern Thailand. We have time, but we need your support! Raising funds is just part of the process. Once MAP reaches its goal of raising $5,000, we become a partner on the GlobalGiving website, paving the way for new projects to fund this important work. This project is not only about providing training to these villages – it is also about building a network of coastal communities across Thailand to support and grow their own mangrove conservation efforts for years to come. Your support today is an investment in a sustainable undertaking that enables villagers to provide for their families and ensures a better future for their children. The coastal villages of SW Thailand were once home to thriving mangrove forest ecosystems that preserved the shoreline, sequestered carbon, sheltered fish, and sustained communities that relied on small-scale inshore fishing. Today, these communities are among the poorest in the region as mangroves are lost to aquaculture, logging, and urban expansion. MAP will help 4 communities develop sustainable sources of mangrove-based income through harvesting high-quality honey from mangrove flowers. READ MORE

AFRICA

Non-State Actors Project Concludes Training of 60 Community Forest Monitors
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LIBERIA -Amidst continuous effort to promote accountability and transparency in forest governance, the Volunteer to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa (VOSIEDA) has completed training of over 60 Community Forest Monitors (CFMs) in Lofa, Gbarpolu and Sinoe counties. Training’s beneficiaries were drawn from a cross-section of Community Forest Management Bodies (CFMBs), Community Forest Development Committees (CFDCs), and CSOs including youth and women groups.The month-long training which commenced on July 17, 2018 is part of ongoing efforts by the EU and local partners to strengthen the capacity of non-state actors (NSA) in forest governance. The primary objective of the training, according to VOSIEDA Program Manager Abraham Billy is to ensure that community members are able to document illegal logging activities, and resolve and mitigate potential challenges in accessing benefit from the forests-using forest monitoring tools such as: social audit, simple independent forest monitoring (IFM) tracking sheet, ten monitoring principles, cubic meter fees calculation techniques, application of GPS in forest and land demarcation and mapping to minimize boundary conflict, and forest laws and regulations among others. READ MORE

ASIA

CBEMR network communities in Thailand join the World Cleanup Day Campaign
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THAILAND -Mangrove Action Project (MAP) in collaboration with the Trash Hero, Sikao Branch, participated in the World Cleanup Day event up for the first time ever along with other 7 participating locations in Trang province. The World Cleanup Day is a growing international movement which in 2018 involved 158 countries and an estimated 15 million people making our planet cleaner and safer. The goal is to do something concrete while raising public awareness about one of our planet’s most serious environmental issues. On the September 15th , 2018 MAP together with three villages from our Community Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) network actively joined the World Cleanup Day event by collecting trash in their mangrove and beach areas including Bang Khang Khao, Trang province and Nai Nang and Klong Gam communities in Krabi province. Marine debris, especially plastics is a growing environmental crisis affecting wildlife, human health, coastal ecosystems and not least the esthetics of our coasts. READ MORE

Bombay High Court orders total freeze on mangrove destruction
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INDIA - The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered a “total freeze” on the destruction of mangroves in the state. The court said that the destruction of mangroves across the state cannot be permitted for any use unless the court finds it necessary for the public good. Confirming its interim order passed in 2005, the High Court observed: “The destruction of mangroves offends the fundamental rights of the citizen and Article 21 of the Constitution of India… it is a mandatory duty of the state and its agencies and instrumentality to protect and preserve mangroves.” The court said that any destruction of mangroves will invoke legal action against the violators. In October 2005, the High Court had passed an interim order and banned destruction of mangroves and dumping of debris on the mangroves land. READ MORE

Funds needed to conserve mangrove, wetlands
Funds needed to save mangroves
INDONESIA - ood projects, such as mangrove and wetlands conservation, need funding. Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) president, Datuk Zainie Abdul Aucasa yesterday said without funding, all the good ideas and efforts to combat issues confronting mangrove and wetlands conservation would come to nothing. He spoke of the Payment Eco Systems (PES), which he said should be explored so that conservation efforts did not have to rely on donations and handouts all the time for funding. “There is an urgency to work out the PES,” he said. City Hall Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai shared his opinion citing the importance of having enough funding to preserve and protect the wetlands. He added that the duty to preserve the wetlands in Sabah should not fall merely on the shoulder of the government but for all parties. A senior scientist at TropWATER, Australia, Professor Norman Duke stressed the importance of preserving what remains of wetlands everywhere, including in Sabah. He explained that there is a decline in wetlands in every country. READ MORE

Authorities urged to protect Kulhudhuffushi mangrove
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MALDIVES - Authorities were urged Tuesday to protect the remaining part of the Kulhudhuffushi mangrove which was dredged to build an airport. A statement from 12 NGOs said the reclamation work ignored the environmental impact assessment. They accused the government of lying about the project. Nearly 70 percent of the mangrove had been reclaimed despite assurances that only 30 percent would be affected, the statement alleged. “Unrecoverable losses have been caused to the Kulhudhuffushi mangrove because of actions that were carried out in the name of development without regard to the environment impact assessment and the project decision statement.” The statement said the remaining part of mangrove was in danger of being destroyed and the protected species faced losing their habitat. READ MORE

Hope alive for dying Uran mangroves
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INDIA - Days after the landmark Bombay high court (HC) order that stressed on mangrove protection across the state, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has decided to make efforts to restore the coastal patches that had dried up as a result of nearby construction work. The Trust has opened culverts allowing high-tide water access to 4,550 dead or dried up trees in a bid to restore a 4.5-hectare mangrove patch located near Hovercraft Jetty (container terminal-4) in Uran, Navi Mumbai. A senior JNPT official said that the mangrove trees and bushes have already begun rejuvenating at the site. “Destruction of mangroves offended the fundamental rights of the citizens and hence it was a mandatory duty of the state and its agencies and instrumentalities to protect and preserve the mangroves,” the HC bench said in its hearing. One of the primary directions by the HC bench comprising justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla, on September 17, stated: “We direct that it is the obligation of the state to replant destructed mangroves and to restore mangrove areas which are illegally reclaimed. The said areas shall be restored to their original condition.” READ MORE

AMERICAS

Could the 'Mangrove Effect' Save Coasts From Sea Level Rise?
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USA - Florida is set to lose more than 10 percent of its homes by 2100, and five southern states have already lost $7.4 billion in home values. But one study conducted by biologists at Villanova University offered some hope for the beleaguered region: warmer temperatures encourage the growth of mangroves, which have more complex roots than other wetland plants and can help build soil and protect coasts from storms like hurricanes. "The study links the growth of individual plants, and particularly their roots, to the survival of an entire ecosystem. The researchers exposed both salt marshes and mangroves to warming chambers and found that higher temperatures doubled the plants' height and increased the transition from salt marsh to mangrove ecosystems. Plots exposed to warming saw their mangrove cover increase by a factor of six compared with plots left at current temperatures. READ MORE

Taking a stand in the sand: Martin County students grow, plant mangroves to help lagoon
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USA - From humble beginnings at Alphabet Farms Preschool in Palm City, a large crop of red mangrove seedlings has been successfully transplanted into the Indian River Lagoon. After learning about mangrove ecosystems, environmental sustainability, and recycling, the kids at Alphabet Farms (ages 4 to 6) planted more than 100 propagules last August in reused plastic milk jugs. With hard work and mindful care, 100% of the initial crop survived. Even in preschool, Martin County is perpetuating a future generation of environmentally aware leaders.The transplant, carried out with the help of the Environmental Study Center’s Camp W.E.T, was a huge success. Fifth-grade campers took to the river aboard the “River Scout” and dug holes for nearly 60 red mangrove seedlings. Focusing on the habitats these plants create, the kids learned about the enormous range of estuary creatures that depend on mangroves. READ MORE

Amazon mangrove forests key in carbon storage
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USA - Scientists led by an Oregon State University researcher have determined for the first time that Amazon’s waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region’s famous rainforest. The long-term study, recently published in the journal Biology Letters, provides a better understanding of how mangrove deforestation contributes to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, said J. Boone Kauffman, an ecologist at OSU who led the research. The Brazilian mangrove forest fringes the entirety of the Atlantic Coast at the mouth of the Amazon, the largest river in the world with the largest mangrove forest. Although preservation of the Amazon rainforest has been the subject of intense awareness efforts over the last few decades, less attention has been paid to the Amazon mangroves. READ MORE

WHITEPAPER - Carbon stocks of mangroves and salt marshes of the Amazon region
BRAZIL - In addition to the largest existing expanse of tropical forests, the Brazilian Amazon has among the largest area of mangroves in the world. While recognized as important global carbon sinks that, when disturbed, are significant sources of greenhouse gases, no studies have quantified the carbon stocks of these vast mangrove forests. In this paper, we quantified total ecosystem carbon stocks of mangroves and salt marshes east of the mouth of the Amazon River, Brazil. Mean ecosystem carbon stocks of the salt marshes were 257 Mg C ha−1 while those of mangroves ranged from 361 to 746 Mg C ha−1. Although aboveground mass was high relative to many other mangrove forests (145 Mg C ha−1), soil carbon stocks were relatively low (340 Mg C ha−1). Low soil carbon stocks may be related to coarse textured soils coupled with a high tidal range. Nevertheless, the carbon stocks of the Amazon mangroves were over twice those of upland evergreen forests and almost 10-fold those of tropical dry forests. READ MORE

GLOBAL

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps
The World needs swamps
GLOBAL - “Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands. These are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. They also are underrated but irreplaceable tools for slowing the pace of climate change and protecting our communities from storms and flooding. Scientists widely recognize that wetlands are extremely efficient at pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converting it into living plants and carbon-rich soil. As part of a transdisciplinary team of nine wetland and climate scientists, we published a paper earlier this year that documents the multiple climate benefits provided by all types of wetlands, and their need for protection. READ MORE

 

 
 
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In#Maldiveswe mourn the destruction n loss of one of the largest #wetlandand #mangroveecosystems in the country #KulhudhuhfushiKulhiand raise concern about the impending threat to other biodiverse ecosystems.

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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




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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

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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

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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
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Our short documentary, Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions : Mangroves
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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

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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


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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

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