Thursday, December 5, 2019

MAP News Issue 483, Dec 07, 2019

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483rd Edition                                                     Dec 07, 2019

FEATURE

IMPACT: Afa Husayn protects a tropical paradise
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MALDIVES – We would be very happy to have a conversation to see how young environmental defenders in the Maldives can be helped to develop and establish themselves in this area, considering the climate vulnerability of the Maldives, our current climate crisis and the very much felt need among young people to engage effectively on this issue with stakeholders at all levels. Allow me to share this short video (above) by the German TV channel DW-TV, which produced a short video article on Afa Husayn from BeLeaf very recently.
A short video on the broader issue is available at the link below, which features some of our other advocates.VIEW HERE

GLOBAL

'Our communities are risking their lives to defend our world.' A global call to action to stop violence and killings in supply chains
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GLOBAL - Alongside the 8th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva today, representatives from indigenous peoples, afro-descendent and peasant communities from 16 countries issued an urgent call for action – the Geneva Declaration. They are demanding governments and companies end the violence, killing and deliberate criminalisation of people defending their rights, their lands and their communities. ‘We wish to live free of violence and demand the respect for our lives and our rights! The government should not impose their visions of development on us.’ Indianara Ramires Machado, from Brazil’s Guarani-Kaiowà indigenous peoples, said today. Written by those who have seen first-hand what happens when destructive business activities are conducted with impunity at the expanding frontier of agricultural and extractive industries, the Declaration articulates the extreme challenges that they and their communities, families and peoples face. It offers practical recommendations for states, businesses, investors and others to ensure their rights are respected and protected. READ MORE

Realizing the $1 trillion net benefit of protecting mangroves
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GLOBAL - A new report from the Global Commission on Adaptation outlines what the world stands to gain if it invests in mangroves, and other adaptation efforts, to mitigate climate change According to Act Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience, “investing $1.8 trillion globally in five areas from 2020 to 2030 could generate $7.1 trillion in total net benefits. The five areas we consider are early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection, and investments in making water resources more resilient. This represents only a portion of the total investments needed and total benefits available.” As the world aims for ambitious climate targets, the Global Commission on Adaptation makes clear that mangroves are part of the solution. READ MORE

AFRICA

Group associations could save Mangrove forests
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KENYA - A study done by the Kenya Forest service reveals that increased demand for mangrove wood products is due to increased population, weak governance, inadequate awareness of the actual value of mangrove ecosystems, plus unmonitored illegal activities. These have led to loss and transformations of mangrove forests. The Mida Creek-based group, alongside others in the neighbourhood, is working to reverse this trend by cultivating and planting mangrove seedlings. They also sell seedlings to other conservation-oriented organisations for replantation elsewhere. Collecting the seeds and planting them in seedbeds by the sea, guarantees that there will be regeneration. The youth reportedly produce approximately 20,000 seedlings annually. Mida creek, states Kenya Forestry Services (KFS) officer Elvis Katana Fondo, is the oldest reserve of its kind in the East Africa region. READ MORE

More than twenty years of evolution of Madagascar's mangroves
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MADAGASCAR - This study was conducted by Save our mangroves now! It is an international initiative that mobilizes policy makers and supports environmental actors to stop and reverse the loss of mangroves. Save our mangroves now! has a particular focus in the Western Indian Ocean, which includes Madagascar. The WWF, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and Development and IUCN are the leaders of this initiative and the authors of this cartography, available for download here. Based on cartographic analyzes and aerial photographs, the results of this study are about the evolution of Madagascar’s mangroves from 1995 to 2018. What we learn from these scientific analyzes? For the most part, mangroves are declining everywhere in Madagascar! The total surface of mangroves decreased from 294,387 ha in 2000 to just over 236,400 ha in 2018. Nevertheless, mangroves near marine or terrestrial protected areas are less impacted than others. Another important finding is that although the loss rates decreased over the years, the degradation increased. So, the degradation is the hidden loss. Also, and this is a milestone to this study, most of the areas where mangrove forests are managed by local communities are better in the whole country.READ MORE

AMERICAS

Mangrove forests in Colombia helping climate mitigation
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COLUMBIA - angrove forests, once linked to disease and insect pests, has now emerged as key ally in mitigating the effects of climate change like natural disasters. Colombian scientist Paula Sierra explains, "It provides a first line of defense along the coast. As you can see all of these roots, it can dissipate a wave. So when you have a mangrove along the coast and you have a strong current, the current hits the roots and the energy of the wave dissolves." Recent studies are showing mangroves role in climate mitigation goes even further. According to U.S.- based Conservation International, mangroves can store up to 10 times more carbon than land-based forests. They key is keeping them healthy. In a healthy mangrove, the carbon is trapped and locked away in the soil down below. However, in a mangrove that is destroyed, that carbon dioxide is released and that is what contributes to global climate change. For almost a decade, Colombia's Investigative Institute for Marine and Coastal systems – Invemar- has been studying these healthy Colombian mangroves. READ MORE

Retired Texas shrimper wins record-breaking $50 million settlement
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TEXAS - U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt approved the settlement agreement between a scrappy environmental coalition and plastics giant Formosa. The settlement is the largest in U.S. history resulting from a citizen environmental suit. A federal judge approved a historic settlement agreement Tuesday between Taiwan-based plastics manufacturer Formosa and a scrappy environmental activist represented by indigent legal services nonprofit Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. TRLA said the $50 million settlement is the largest in U.S. history involving a private citizen's lawsuit against an industrial polluter under federal clean air and water laws. The money will be poured into a trust over the next five years and used to pay for programs supporting pollution mitigation, habitat restoration, public education and other environmental efforts on the middle Texas Gulf Coast. Diane Wilson, a retired shrimper and an environmental activist, sued Formosa in July 2017, alleging that its Port Comfort plant had illegally discharged thousands of plastic pellets and other pollutants into Lavaca Bay and other nearby waterways.  READ MORE

Mangroves, vital to many coastlines, are under threat
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USA - Some mangroves are invasive, but many are vital coastline protectors. Their dense, firmly anchored root systems keep erosion from occurring during storms, and they filter water and provide shelter for marine life and other animals. The greenbelts also sequester carbon — the world’s mangroves sequester 75 billion pounds of carbon a year. But mangroves present plenty of worries. The plants are disappearing quickly because of human development, and over a quarter of Earth’s original mangrove forests have now been lost. Rising sea levels kill off mangroves — and as the climate changes and sea levels rise even more, losses could increase. Mangroves are considered a harbinger of climate change: As waters warm around the world, their habitat is shifting northward. That might bring more carbon sequestration and increasing shoreline protection. But rising waters have decreased the plants’ genetic diversity — and that could kill off mangroves as the planet warms. READ MORE

ASIA

Mass tree-planting projects go awry around the world
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PHILIPPINES - From the Amazon to the Australian outback, the world’s forests are on fire. But just as all these trees disappear, politicians are sprouting promises to plant more of them like the dawning of a global spring. In the run-up to the UK election on December 12, Labour says it will plant two billion new trees on British soil by 2040 – that’s 100m a year. The Conservatives are pledged to 30m a year, while the Liberal Democrats say 60m. Perhaps the strangest efflorescence is Nigel Farage’s promise to persuade Donald Trump to lead a global afforestation campaign. These tree-planting pledges are certainly a step in the right direction, but there’s a problem. Everything being said is big on rhetoric but light on practicalities. As I know from many years of being involved with mangrove afforestation in the tropics, it’s a lot easier to plant seeds than it is to grow trees. So what lessons does the UK’s next government need to learn before it sends planters all over the countryside? READ MORE

Rising Sea Levels And Disappearing Mangrove Forests Spell Trouble For Vietnam
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VIETNAM - In Vietnam, the mangroves guard against dangerous salt water intrusions into farm land in the southernmost part of the Mekong Delta and also provide protection for a variety of wildlife. As Delta ecologist Nguyen Huu Thien explains, the Delta is the main food basket of Vietnam. It produces more than 50 percent of the country’s food, 90 percent of its rice exports, 65 percent of its fruit, and 75 percent of its fish, which are a major source of protein. The Delta still suffers from the impact of an ill-advised attempt by the Communist authorities after they took power in South Vietnam in the spring of 1975 to increase rice production there. In order to expand the space for rice production, the new rulers encouraged the destruction of the mangrove forests which had acted as a buffer to protect farm land from sea-driven salt intrusions. Add to this loss of mangrove forests the impacts of climate change and the upstream hydropower dams in China and Laos which have blocked much of the sediment that once reached the Delta and replenished it with nutrients, and you have a disaster in the making. READ MORE

Mangroves Help Fight The Effects Of Climate Change. So Why Is Mumbai Destroying Them?
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INDIA - Bare trees with slender branches line a half-built highway overpass in eastern Mumbai. These are mangroves, trees or shrubs found in tropical swampy marshland with roots that grow above the ground. But construction has blocked their lifeblood — salt water. Their aerial roots poke through dry, caked mud instead of brackish water. Environmentalist B.N. Kumar points to a small channel under the highway where seawater once entered the mangrove patch. It's now littered with rocks and construction debris. "All the mangroves, about 5,000 of them, have dried up. They can only be used as firewood now," Kumar says. "It's very sad to see these mangroves dying like this. At a time when we require more and more mangroves, we are destroying, unfortunately, more and more mangroves," Kumar says. Studies show that Mumbai lost nearly 40 percent of its mangroves between 1991 and 2001 — about 9,000 acres. And rapid urbanization continues to threaten them. READ MORE

OCEANA

Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
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AUSTRALIA - Healthy mangroves can help fight the consequences of climate change on coral reef fisheries, according to a University of Queensland-led study. UQ's Professor Peter Mumby said corals have been bleached and reefs have lost their structural complexity as a major consequence of warming seas. "Many people are worried that—due to climate change—reef fishery yields could halve if coral reefs flatten, losing the hiding places that support thousands of fish," he said. "When a young fish arrives at a degraded reef it has nowhere to hide and is easily targeted by predators. "Of course, predators experience the same problem when they're young, so the entire food web becomes unproductive and few fish survive." Despite the alarming trend, the team found mangroves provided a partial solution. "We know that many reef fish can use mangroves as an alternative nursery habitat to the reef," Professor Mumby said. "Mangroves provide a calm, safe environment with plenty of food and allow fish to grow larger before heading out to the reef as adults. READ MORE

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

MAP News Issue 482 - Nov 23, 2019

Mangrove Action Project
The MAP News
482nd Edition                                                     Nov 23, 2019

FEATURE

To fight climate change, Kenya mangroves work as carbon stores
Timothy-Mwakideu
KENYA - On the shores of the Indian Ocean, over a dozen people are circulating on a Kenyan North Coast beach, mangrove seeds in hand, while others are digging in the sand to plant new saplings of the native tree, which grows in brackish water. The beach is quite silent, with a gentle breeze sweeping over the salty water of the ocean, creating a mild wave crawling to shore. It is morning, with the sun looking like a bright ball floating on the water. Posing like a yellow lollipop on the horizon, the great light is on its daily mission to rise gradually to shine bright over the earth. The sea is calm, and the whole area is like a sacred space of coves and creeks along Kenya’s coast with an inlet visible in the distance letting all the ocean water in. “No one is paying us to conserve our mangrove forests, [but] here we are planting them,” said Timothy Mwakideu, wearing the type of shiny-dark silver sunglasses normally seen on the face of an astronaut. Timothy is a fisherman, but that day he skipped work to join a community-led mangrove conservation exercise. He said the locals used to like cutting mangroves for the excellent charcoal they got from them, but now they get more in return for conserving the mangrove forests, which are part of the Arabuko-Sokoke forest. READ MORE

GLOBAL

Protecting Natural Areas Not Enough to Safeguard Plants, Wildlife
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GLOBAL - Scientists say expanding the world’s conservation areas to help protect animals and plant life is unlikely to be effective on its own. The reason: rising levels of human activity in and around protected natural areas. Cambridge University researchers studied thousands of conservation areas in more than 150 countries. They found that, in general, recognizing spaces as protected is not reducing human activity in at-risk areas. Across the northern hemisphere and Australia, protected areas often proved effective at slowing human activity when compared with unprotected areas. But in South America, Southeast Asia and African countries south of the Sahara Desert, pressure from human activity inside protected areas was notably higher. The study found agriculture is a major driving force behind human activity in protected areas. For example, African mangrove forests listed as protected experienced 13 percent greater losses to agriculture than unprotected mangrove areas between 1995 and 2010. READ MORE

AFRICA

Shaping a pan-African forest-landscape restoration exchange
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CAMEROON - Two weeks after Malagasy Forest Landscape Restoration experts came to Yaoundé, their Cameroonian counterparts visited Madagascar to intensify their South-South exchange on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa. The African Union Development Agency (AUDA) pilots targeted exchanges between member countries of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) to foster peer-learning on FLR. “Cameroon is currently drafting its national FLR strategy and our role as AFR100 secretariat is to support this process,” AUDA’s Mamadou Diakhité explains. Madagascar is an ideal peer for Cameroon: The island country has pioneered the FLR movement by finalizing its national strategy in 2017 and advancing multi-sectoral and multilevel governance on the ground. To attain its commitment to restore 4 million hectares of degraded land, Madagascar established an inter-sectoral dialogue between relevant ministries and partners and elaborated framework documents for the implementation of FLR. The northwestern watersheds and mangroves of Boeny were the first sites the Cameroonian delegation inspected. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Species migration in Florida and beyond is causing environmental problems
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USA - 2019 is on pace to be among the top three of the warmest years on record, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2005, with only the 1998 El Niño year as the anomaly. We're not the only animals that are feeling the heat. The fauna, fish and flora of Florida are feeling it too. And it's making them change their ways. Animals, fish, birds and even plants are starting to move north. It's creating problems. For the first time in more than 100 years, the Everglade snail kite is nesting north of Orlando. Last year, biologists were stunned to find four nests in Paynes Prairie just south of Gainesville. This year, there were 75. Snook, a fish with tropical characteristics susceptible to cold temperatures, once was a rare catch in waters north of Cape Canaveral or Homosassa. Anglers are catching them with regularity in Daytona and sometimes in the St. Johns River at Jacksonville. Red mangrove trees are "walking" their way up the coasts too. They are actually impinging on salt marsh habitat north of the Mosquito Lagoon, causing changes to habitat and moving the animals and birds that depend on that habitat to live. READ MORE

Coastal Resilience Benefits of Mangroves in Jamaica
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JAMAICA - Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, face substantial risks from storms and hurricanes. Coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds protect communities from storms, and are critical for the sustainability of many economic activities, jobs, and inclusive growth. A recent report, “Forces of Nature,” examines the considerable flood risk reduction services that mangroves provide to Jamaica, together with benefits related to fisheries production, and carbon sequestration. This report supports the growing interest within the development agenda to include nature-based solutions for disaster risk management and provides vital information for discussion on climate change adaptation and mitigation, insurance, and disaster recovery decisions. Mangroves play a key role in protecting Jamaica against flood risks, and risk would be significantly increased if mangroves are lost. READ MORE

ASIA

Tropical Mangrove Ecosystems; the pulse of nature
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SRI LANKA - A conference on the Rehabilitation and Protection of Tropical Mangrove Ecosystems was held at the Galle Face Hotel recently, calling to action students, state officials as well as environmentalists and conservationists to protect the island nation’s wetlands. The International Conference on Mangroves was organised by EMACE Sri Lanka in partnership with the German Ministry of International Cooperation and several other organisations from the region, with the aim to bring in experts and best practices to tropical mangrove ecosystems in Sri Lanka. Agricultural Scientist and Executive Director of the Global Nature Fund (GNF) Udo Gattenlöhner speaking at the event noted that while 70% of the mangrove ecosystems were lost over the last 100 years, the involvement of youth in protecting mangroves remains vital. Gattenlöhner who has worked with Sri Lankan experts for many years noted that sometimes natural disasters reflect how important mangroves are in protecting coastal communities. “Following the December 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami, this disaster somehow enabled us to meet and initiate this partnership, to continue the work on conserving the biodiversity and the preservation of fresh water resources, lakes and wetland ecosystems,” he said. READ MORE

Sri Lanka partners win presidential recognition
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SRI-LANKA - Sudeesa, our partner NGO in the Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation Project, received a prestigious award last month from president Maithripala Sirisena. Sirisena, whose term ended this month, presided over the annual awards ceremony, which recognized Sri Lankan institutions and individuals who have shown stewardship of the island country’s environment. Sudeesa was the only NGO to receive an award this year. READ MORE

Cyclothon urges conservation of mangrove forests
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INDIA - Odisha Paryavaran Sanrakshan Abhiyan in association with Dakshin Foundation and Aranyani Forest Officer s Wives Association organised its fourth state-level cyclothon to raise awareness about protection of mangrove forests here. Puri Wildlife Division DFO H B Udgata, Biju Patnaik Wildlife Conservation awardee Bichitranand Biswal and Forest Lady Charu Maa joined as honourable guests and appealed all to save the Mangroves. “Destruction of mangrove forests is due to lack of awareness. Hence, this is one of our main objectives. The event is aimed at boosting protection of Mangrove forests in Puri,” said Soumya Ranjan Biswal , co-founder, OPSA . Bichitrananda Biswal said, “Participants will engage in cycling for three days and nights. We want to spread the message of protecting mangrove forests. This is also a way to conserve the coasts .Let’s pledge to spread this message every year.” READ MORE

Penaga mangroves to be made permanent forest
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MALAYSIA - A top Penang official has given the assurance that a 600ha mangrove forest in the northwestern reaches of Seberang Perai would be carved out and marked as a permanent forest reserve.This endeavour is pending studies and legal formalities concerning the site, said state Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh. This assurance came after The Star reported experts’ concerns that the area’s current land-use zoning of “industrial aquaculture” at the forest in Penaga, 11km north of Butterworth, might affect the haven for migratory birds that also serves as a natural defence against tsunamis. The daily reported that there is large aquaculture activity within the Penaga mangrove forests close to the shore facing the Malacca Straits. VIEW SOURCE

On the frontline of disasters, mangroves at the receiving end of development and climate change
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BANGLADESH - The Sundarbans mangroves in West Bengal, on the east coast of India, account for almost half of the total area under mangroves in the country. Apart from the east and west coasts of the mainland, mangroves are found and on the islands of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep. Indian mangroves represent 3.3 percent of global mangroves and about 56 percent of global mangrove species. As per Forest Survey of India estimates (2017), mangrove cover in the country is 4,921 square km, which is 0.15 percent of the total geographic area of the country. There has been a net increase of 181 square km in the country’s mangrove cover as compared to the 2015 assessment, according to the FSI report, though the number is debatable as conflicting data for certain stretches of mangroves is reported by non-governmental organisations. After West Bengal, Gujarat and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands have the maximum mangrove cover. Considering the growth and diversity, mangroves of Andaman and Nicobar are best in the country, said P. Ragavan of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow. READ MORE

Pan Borneo Highway development endangers the Heart of Borneo
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INDONESIA - A planned highway network in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo threatens the forests protected as part of the Heart of Borneo agreement made with Indonesia and Brunei, a new study has found. The goal of the agreement was to ensure the survival of continuous rainforest in central Borneo that houses wildlife populations, helps to mitigate climate change and fosters the island’s unique biology. But the construction and expansion of roads for the Pan Borneo Highway project could carve up the core of this ecosystem, the researchers who wrote the paper say. “We just know that these [roads] are going to have really severe effects in some of the last, sizable intact tracts of forest in Borneo and in the world,” William Laurance, a tropical ecologist at James Cook University in Australia and the study’s senior author, said in an interview. “Some of the planned highways are relatively benign, but several are flat-out dangerous,” Sean Sloan, the study’s lead author and an ecologist at James Cook University, said in a statement. “The worst roads, in southern Sabah, would chop up and isolate Sabah’s forests from the rest of those in Borneo.” In particular, a planned stretch between the towns of Kalabakan and Sapulut near Sabah’s southern border with the Indonesian province of North Kalimantan would slice through the Heart of Borneo conservation area. READ MORE

Mangrove board walk set to open in Abu Ddhabi
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ABU DHABI - What’s next for residents in Abu Dhabi? The Mangrove Boardwalk, a new hotspot for you to discover with your friends and family, and this time, it’s nature friendly, too. As the name suggests, the walk will overlook the natural setting of mangroves, and is located near Yas Island. It is set to open in January 2020 – and it doesn't come cheap. The project is estimated to cost up to Dhs5 billion, and will also cover 1 million square feet of the area. Impressive! Visitors will be able to take part in kayaking, participate in educational lessons, enjoy a play area for children, and chill on terraces where they can admire the stunning natural landscape and much more. The project aims to convey the importance of Mangrove trees and how they are essential for the environment. VIEW SOURCE

LAST WORD

Great Gift For The Holidays

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The lack of public consultation and detailed information about the project is shocking in view of the size of proposed reclamation which is 4,500 acres or 7 square miles
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69 million tons of carbon stored thanks to mangrove restoration, as demonstrated by the new Mangrove Restoration Map VIEW MAP HERE

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Restoring The Natural Mangrove Forest
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Tanzania CBEMR
Community Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration in Rufiji Delta 
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Video: Mangroves for the Future - A look bacK. As the latest phase of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) draws to a close, this video highlights some of the project’s most successful initiatives – from local women supporting national park management in Viet Nam to an island in the Maldives that has become a model for waste management, and everything in between. View Here

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MANGROVE ISSUES 

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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

MANGROVES APP AVAILABLE
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!  
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Mangrove Restoration in Asia – Watch Short Video

The Value of Mangrove Forests View Video

CBEMR Experience Exchange MAP 2017 English Subtitles
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Mangroves: Guidebook to MalaysiaClick 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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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

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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

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum in Bangladesh - WATCH VIDEO
MARVELLOUS MANGROVES IN BRAZIL
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Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.


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Education in the Mangroves - China
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Read this 10 page history of the development of MAP’s educational curriculum VIEW DOCUMENT
 
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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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