Thursday, April 27, 2017

MAP News Issue 415, April 29, 2017

Mangrove Action Project

The MAP News
415th Edition                               April 29, 2017

FEATURE STORY
 
What are mangroves worth? There’s no easy answer
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GLOBAL - People have long depended on natural systems for our survival and development, nowhere more visible than in our history of extracting minerals and fuel products. However, we have also started to see the importance of healthy ecosystems for providing essential goods and services, especially as these stocks of natural capital disappear. In response, action is being taken to restore and protect ecosystems, including global efforts aimed at estimating the economic value of the Earth’s natural capital – in hard numbers. Knowing the economic worth of ecosystem services can help ensure that those who rely heavily on ecosystems – from governments to industries and businesses to all of us as citizens – see their value and can account for restoration and conservation in their planning and use. Mangrove ecosystems in particular provide a multitude of goods and services, including: provision of food and clean water (provisioning services), influence climate regulation, soil composition regulation and disaster risk reduction (regulating services), and recreational and spiritual space (cultural services). The natural capital of mangroves thus has immense worth not only in sustaining lives and livelihoods of millions of people along the world’s coasts, but also in real economic terms. READ MORE

AFRICA

Africa’s tropical forests under threat from our coffee addiction
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CAMEROON - Your coffee and/or chocolate addiction is destroying Africa’s tropical forests. Growing global demand for coffee and cocoa has led to severe deforestation across sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new study. Africa already produces more than 70 percent of the world’s cocoa — a demand that requires more than 325,000 acres of new farmland each year. Much of this new farmland comes from chopping down Africa’s tropical forests. The study, published in the Environmental Research Letters, looked at the impact crop expansion was having on 25 tropical-forest countries. In addition to coffee and cocoa, the demand for palm oil, soy, sugarcane, maize and rice has also grown. Researchers found that, specifically, countries along the Congo Basin forests have become the most vulnerable to deforestation. READ MORE

Kenya’s lifeblood strains under development and drought
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KENYA - The extensive mangrove forests that abound in the Tana Delta — which were declared part of a protected site under the RAMSAR convention (an intergovernmental treaty on wetlands) in 2012 — are under threat from drought, decreasing water levels and pastoralists who graze their cattle in the forests. Ramsar notes that it is the second most important estuarine and deltaic ecosystem in Eastern Africa. Local and international non-governmental organizations say that upstream development on the Tana River, including numerous hydroelectric dams, massive irrigation schemes and pipelines to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, have strained resources in the delta. An ongoing drought is compounding the problem. The Red Cross estimates 2.7 million people now need “urgent food assistance” overall in Kenya due to drought, which has been particularly harsh in coastal regions like Tana Delta. “Those developing the river don’t care about us in the delta,” said Awadh Mubarak, chairman of the Kipini Community Conservation Management Forum, which manages and protects the mangrove forests along the delta and is supported by Wetlands International. “We didn’t find out about the new dam and irrigation scheme until they were already under way.” READ MORE

Conserving Congo’s wild places on a shoestring
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – The Mangrove Marine Park along the DRC’s tiny coastline is a last line of defense against illegal logging and poaching and is a haven for sea turtles. Two elephant tusks are wedged behind a photocopier. A stuffed antelope stands by the door and a large framed photograph of President Joseph Kabila hangs on the back wall. Cosma Wilungula sits behind his desk in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, patiently explaining his quandary. For 12 years he’s run the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), the government agency responsible for the country’s protected areas. He knows only too well the limits of his influence. The truth is that the ICCN’s nearly 70 national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas — covering 25 million hectares or roughly 10 percent of the country’s landmass — are largely left to fend for themselves. Some rise to the challenge, while others don’t fare as well. The Mangrove Marine Park, 250 miles west of Kinshasa, is one of the ICCN’s sites trying to make the best of the unpromising hand it’s been dealt. The 76,000-hectare (around 188,000 acres) expanse of ocean, beach, savannah and mangroves hugs Congo’s 23-mile strip of coastline and the home strait of its eponymous river. Here, at the mouth of the Congo River, this waterway of monstrous dimensions concludes its epic passage across equatorial Africa and, raging at its denouement, has carved a 100-mile-long canyon into the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. READ MORE

ASIA

54.4 hectares of mangrove forest in Kasaragod now reserve forest
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INDIA - As many as 54.4 hectares of mangrove forests spread across Manjeswaram and Kasaragod taluks will soon be declared as reserve forests. The move has become a huge setback for those engaged in sand mining and encroaching river banks and seas shores for construction of resorts. A total of 21.694 hectares in Kasaragod village near the Chandragiri river have been notified as reserve forest. Also moves are on to declare 10 more acres in Shiriya and Mogral areas as reserve forest. Earlier, 237 hectares in Kannur was declared as reserve forest. Now, all rules pertaining to reserve forests will invite one to three years of imprisonment and seizure of equipment. A notification was issued by the forest department in September last year. Aggrieved parties were told to approach RDO within 3-6 months. Now, only an official declaration by the government is remaining. This marks the fruitful culmination of efforts undertaken by the Forest department for the last one year. The action was initiated by district forest officer A P Imthiyas and a meeting involving district collector and revenue officials decided to conduct a survey. Based on this, a sketch was prepared. READ MORE

DENR secretary pushes for mangrove, bamboo planting
PHILIPPINES - Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez said she will push for mangrove and bamboo planting in Negros Occidental. Lopez, who inspected the closed mine site in Sipalay City on Tuesday, said the DENR will do an area development for the province, which will be implemented this year. She said the program, which will help the host community, will also guarantee residents an income. The DENR chief said there is a need for more mangroves because an area without mangroves suffers more damage in terms of property and lives during typhoons and calamities. Lopez also cited the importance of planting bamboo, which is good in carbon sequestration. It is also a low-cost material for housing, she added. “We will work with Negros. We will make sure,” she said. She said DENR wants to work with the Negrenses “to lift this (province) up and “make this a great, big, magnificent economic zone.” Lopez added that she loves the Negrenses because they are “so sweet, and so nice.” Lopez presented an alternative livelihood program to some residents in Sipalay City who attended the mining forum the other day. READ MORE

Encroached mangrove forest seized in Trat
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THAILAND - About 50 police and military personnel took part in the operation launched at 10am on Wednesday by the department's Chalam Khao (white shark) unit, the unit's commander, Ratchai Pornpa, said. The Chalam Khao Operations Unit had been set up specifically to combat illegal encroachment on state land by investors who used it for shrimp farms, resorts, oil palm plantations and swallow breeding areas for the collection of bird nests, he said. The 228 rai of seized mangrove forest is in five tambons of Muang district. The encroachment was most rampant at Moo 8 village of tambon Wang Krachae. The encroachers included villagers and local politicians. "The land seized today will be reforested and clearly defined to prevent a repetition of the encroachment. Encroachers will be subject tough legal action," Mr Ratchai said. READ MORE

Mangroves planted to mark Earth Day
PAKISTAN - Mangroves were planted at a joint event to celebrate Earth Day was held at Khipranwala Island near the coast of Karachi on Saturday. The event was a joint collaboration of Mera Karachi, Caritas Pakistan, Sindh Forest Department, FARD LSO Rehri, International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] Commission on Ecosystem Management and Mangroves for Future. More than 80 experts, stakeholders, local community representatives, government officials and students sailed from Korangi Fish Harbour to the island to participate in the event. The event included speeches from organisers and experts who shed light on the necessity of tree plantation to deal with climate change. The speeches were followed by a mangrove-planting activity in which 3,000 mangrove saplings were planted at the island by the participants. READ MORE

Mangroves can Help Develop Ecotourism
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INDONESIA - Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar stated that mangrove planting, aimed at preventing soil erosion, can also serve as a means to develop ecotourism. "We highly support the development of ecotourism, particularly the planting of mangrove seeds," she said after planting mangrove seeds in Morosari coast in Demak, Central Java, on Saturday. Besides serving as a tourist site, mangrove forests can also be used to boost production to support the economy, she stated. Moreover, President Joko Widodo himself has stated that Java has beautiful scenery and that mangrove was a good choice to develop ecotourism, she added. Demak Deputy District Head Joko Sutanto meanwhile noted that the Demak district government was encouraging local people, particularly those who earn their living as farmers and fishermen, to switch to develop tourism sector. Among the popular tourist sites in Demak are Morosari coast and Syeh Abdullah Mudzakir grave, he remarked. READ MORE

New Mangrove Tree-Climbing Crab Species Found In Hong Kong
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HONG KONG - A new species of a micro-crab, which sprints up on mangroves in Hong Kong is called Haberma tingkok. The tree-climbing crab has been found and named by the Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Lab, led by Dr. Stefano Cannicci at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The description of the tree-climbing crab has been published in ZooKeys. This is a global journal that deals with animal taxonomy. Called Haberma tingkok, the crab species were seen at about 1.5 to 1.8 meters above chart datum. They were spotted walking on the branches of the mangroves of the Ting Kok area. The tree-climbing crabs were pretty tiny, each one less than a centimeter. They were dark brown and covered with square carapaces, long legs, and orange claws. The crabs seemed to represent the second endemic mangrove crab species. The earlier species, called Pseudosesarma patshuni, was described in 1975, according to Science Daily. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Disney believes in Cape Coral teen's mangrove magic
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USA - Maegan Mikkelson kneels at the edge of a 4-acre pond at Galt Preserve, using a stick to dig a well before guiding the roots of a red mangrove seedling into it. The muck sucks at her tennis shoes, and she wobbles as she regains her balance. She buries the bottom 5 inches of the thin plant, three leaves awkwardly protruding from the top as the waves gently lap at its base. Then she steps back to admire her work. The Cape Coral 17-year-old has been planting the "walking trees" over five years at the St. James City site and watching them grow, rimming the pond along the sandy shore. The tallest are 6 feet, the newest about 18 inches, and they are reclaiming their space among exotics such as the Australian pine and melaleuca. "Mangroves are extremely vital to the environment," Mikkelson said. "They are a hurricane buffer, protect shorelines, (and) are a habitat and ecosystem for the fish." A member of the Trail Blazers 4-H club, she is one of 340 young leaders across the U.S. to receive a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to help make their communities healthier, greener and stronger. READ MORE

OCEANIA

Mangrove illustrations reflect a lifelong passion
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AUSTRALIA - At first glance the world of the botanical illustrator would appear to be one of calm gentility with little, if any, excitement. But that couldn't be further from the truth for Deirdre Bean, who, regularly tackles crocodiles, clouds of mosquitoes and marauding green ants as she pursues her quarry – the not-so humble mangrove. Her closest call came while hunting Sonneratia alba on the estuary mouth of Newell Beach, near Port Douglas. "I was looking for this thing and I thought I'd come back the next day because I didn't want to pick anything if I wasn't going to use it," Bean says. "I went back the next day to get a flower and I heard this splashing and there was a crocodile standing in my footprints from the day before!" Then there are the crocs on the South Alligator River in Arnhem Land. "They're something else! Enormous. I once saw a crocodile that would have been 5m go almost vertically up a sand bank. That scared the daylights out of me." These Mick Dundee-esque tales of derring-do are in sharp contrast to her exquisitely detailed illustrations of many of Australia's 45 mangrove species. READ MORE


LAST WORD
 
Dear Colleague and Development Partner,

The July 2017 edition of Nature & Faune journal will focus on the theme “Sustainable pastoralism and rangelands in Africa”. Kindly circulate the attached “Call for articles” within your network.

http://www.fao.org/africa/resources/nature-faune/en/

Thank you and regards,


Mrs. Ada Ndeso-Atanga
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Nature & Faune Journal
RAFT Natural resources – Fisheries – Forestry
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FAO Regional Office for Africa
P.O. Box GP 1628, Accra, Ghana

ACTION ALERTS

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 10, 2017
Register your event today! Join the worldwide celebrations. Have a look at the global map of events and add your event to the WMBD event map. CLICK HERE

CBEMR Experience Exchange MAP 2017 English Subtitle
VIEW THE VIDEO

Save the mangrove forest in Pitas (Sabah), Eastern Malaysia
Please support this important alert being launched by Forest Peoples Program (FPP) SIGN PETITION
VIEW VIDEO


The world's largest mangrove forest is in danger from a massive coal plant.
UNESCO can put pressure on India and Bangladesh to protect the forest, but they need to see that people around the world are speaking out. Click here to add your voice


MAP Calendar 2017
 This is our 16th annual edition of Children's Mangrove Art, and this Calendar is celebrating MAP's 25th Anniversary! Please order your calendars now, and help us celebrate a quarter century of MAP's work to Save the Mangroves!"


Mangroves: Guidebook to Malaysia – available for download here
 
Mangrove rehabilitation in Asia – Local Action and cross-border Transfer of Knowledge for the Conservation of Climate, Forests and Biodiversity VIEW VIDEOS HERE
 
STOP PLANTING MANGROVES ON SEAGRASS BEDS _ A CALL TO ACTION
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

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

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum
 
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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

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum in Bangladesh - WATCH VIDEO
MARVELLOUS MANGROVES IN BRAZIL
En Portuges

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Marvellous Mangroves – A Curriculum-Based Teachers Guide.


FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT
Education in the Mangroves - China
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Check out our presentation for more details on Marvellous Mangroves

“Education In The Mangroves" can now be seen on the  PhotoPhilanthropy website here!

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
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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

 

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Learn more about the affects of the shrimp industry on mangroves by visiting our blog
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

MAP News Issue 414 - April 15, 2017

Mangrove Action Project

The MAP News
414th Edition                               April 15, 2017

FEATURE STORY
 
World Migratory Bird Day 2017 - May 10, 2017
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GLOBAL - Join the celebration of a great natural wonder on World Migratory Bird Day! Take action and celebrate, conserve and raise awareness of migratory birds on or around 10 May 2017 by organizing educational programmes, lectures, bird walks, visits to bird-watching sites, competitions, art exhibitions and other public events. For more than ten years now, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has raised awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, about the threats they face, their ecological importance, and about the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Every year people across the planet take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. The main day for the international celebrations is 10 May, but activities can also be undertaken at any time of the year when the regional peak of migrations takes place. READ MORE

AFRICA

A Story Of Regeneration And Reforestation From Eritrea
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ERITREA - The application and potential benefits of circular economy thinking have been widely described in the European context. What has been less commonly explored is the application in lower income countries such as those in sub-Saharan Africa. During 1998 – 2003, a remarkable project took place in the tiny desert country of Eritrea that showcased a systems thinking approach to the development of seawater-based agriculture in an arid coastal zone leading to big profits, a revitalised environment and the creation of many jobs. Can this project be replicated to breathe life into some of the other 25,000 miles of poor coastal desert around the world? Since gaining its independence in 1991, Eritrea has experienced many upheavals both social and economic. The location of the young country in a very arid part of the horn of Africa, with high temperatures, low rainfall and poor soil conditions, mean that cultivation of food crops or indeed any kind of agriculture is very difficult. However between 1998 – 2003, a new type of farming enterprise unfolded in this hot dry corner of the continent, that could be a model for the economic, environmental and social revitalisation for many other similar climatic zones around the world. This is a story about how human intelligence and photosynthesis combined to create abundance and natural regeneration in a place where previously only sand, seawater and sunlight existed. READ MORE

ASIA

Mangrove Cell sits still over complaints
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INDIA - Despite receiving a letter almost a month back from Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) about alleged destruction of mangroves, the Mangrove Cell has allegedly not been taking action against people damaging the ‘protected forest’ of Kandivali and Gorai. The Cell has failed to take even a single step against the illegal destruction of mangroves in these areas. According to PAWS, the mangroves in the areas of Manori—Gorai belt are being destroyed through various means. The organization in March had written a letter informing the Cell about the alleged destruction of the mangroves by cutting, destroying, building bund to stop water flow, releasing sewage lines and dumping garbage at Charkop and Gorai areas. In a letter to the Mangrove Cell, suburban collector and local ward officer, PAWS—Mumbai identified two locations with ongoing construction work within mangrove forests, which is a violation of environment laws and Bombay high court (HC) rules. READ MORE

Why the momentum for mangroves?
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SRI LANKA - The Global Resilience Partnership announced the winners of its Water Window Challenge, in which 12 projects will share $10 million to tackle flooding in vulnerable areas. One of those organizations was Seacology, a nonprofit environmental conservation organization dedicated to preserving the habitats and cultures of islands, which will use the nearly $1 million grant to expand its work to conserve mangroves in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. A partnership between Seacology, the Sri Lankan NGO Sudeesa, and the Sri Lankan government led this island nation to became the first country in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests. “Mangroves are really the unsung heroes of conservation,” Duane Silverstein, the executive director of Seacology, told Devex from his office in Berkeley, California. He said that Sri Lanka could serve as a model for other countries, at a moment when scientific consensus is building about the importance of mangroves — and the international community is acting on that information. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
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HONDURAS - Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the Dominican Republic. The researchers concluded that mangrove conversion to agricultural uses resulted in a land-use carbon footprint of 1,440 pounds of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere for the production of every pound of beef; and 1,603 pounds of released carbon dioxide for every pound of shrimp. "On a personal scale, this means a typical steak and shrimp cocktail dinner produced through mangrove conversion would burden the atmosphere with 1,795 pounds of carbon dioxide," said J. Boone Kauffman, an ecologist at Oregon State University who led the study. "This is approximately the same amount of greenhouse gases produced by driving a fuel-efficient automobile from Los Angeles to New York City." READ MORE

Using satellite technology to map Mangroves
USA -Mangroves are among the most biologically important ecosystems on the planet, and a common feature of tropical and sub-tropical coastlines. But ground-based evidence suggests these vital coastal forests have been strained in many regions because of harvesting for food, fuel, and medicine. Now, scientists have used satellite images to compile the most comprehensive map of mangroves worldwide, which should help in future efforts in monitoring and conservation. These maps show the location and relative density of mangroves, which cover roughly 137,760 square kilometers (53,190 square miles) of Earth’s surface. The forests can be found in 118 different countries and territories, though nearly 75 percent of their area occurs in just 15 countries.he effort to create the maps was led by Chandra Giri of the U.S. Geological Survey and published recently in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. Using digital image classification techniques, the research team compiled and analyzed more than 1,000 scenes from the Landsat series of satellites. READ MORE

Ill health of mangroves on Greer Island points to bigger issue
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USA - On a Friday afternoon on Greer Island, also known as Beer Can Island, Bob Bunting is surrounded by mangroves — many of which look like sticks in the ground, barren of leaves or other signs of life. Bunting, a former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official, affirms these mangroves are dead, or at least suffering. While mangroves remain dense and flourishing in much of the area on and surrounding Greer Island, the sliver of land that connects the “island” to Longboat Key, it is also home to many dead or dying mangroves. Bunting, who lives nearby at 360 North, said erosion is to blame for the declining health of the plants. READ MORE

Mangroves To Gain Forestry Dept's Protection
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JAMAICA - AS CRITICAL as they are to Jamaica's defence against climate change, the effects of which are already being seen or felt on the island - from extreme drought conditions to coastal erosion - mangrove forests may appear quite unremarkable. But the Forestry Department knows better, itself understanding the value of mangroves as not only an essential ingredient to the response to climate impacts, notably for coastal protection, but also as a habitat for a variety of in particular juvenile marine life. To that end, the entity is looking to take mangroves under its wings with the implementation of the new National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP) now near completion. "Mangrove is one of the important forest types we assessed in our and Land Use Change Assessment. However, the Agency was not actively addressed issues relating to mangroves management and protection due to its limited capacity," said Francine Black Richards, senior manager for public relations and corporate communications in a written response to queries from The Gleaner.READ MORE

EUROPE

Declining mangroves shield against global warming
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FRANCE - Mangroves, which have declined by up to half over the last 50 years, are an important bulkhead against climate change, a study released on Sunday has shown for the first time. Destruction of these tropical coastal woodlands accounts for about 10 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation, the second largest source of CO2 after fossil fuel combustion, the study found. Fewer trees not only mean less CO2 absorbed from the air, but also the release of carbon stocks that have been accumulating in shallow-water sediment over millennia. Mangroves -- whose twisted, exposed roots grace coastlines in more than 100 countries -- confer many benefits on humans living in their midst. The brackish tidal waters in which the trees thrive are a natural nursery for dozens of species of fish and shrimp essential to commercial fisheries around the world. Another major "ecosystem service," in the jargon of environmental science, is protection from hurricanes and storm surges. Cyclone Nargis, which killed 138,000 people in Myanmar in 2008, would have been less deadly, experts say, if half the country's mangroves had not been ripped up for wood or to make way for shrimp farms. READ MORE

LAST WORD
 
I appreciate the news I get here. I've shared the article on the successful work being done in Iloilo with my Facebook friends including my Peace Corps friends and counterparts working in Coastal Resource Management in the Philippines.

Spreading the word through social media will I'm sure reach them more effectively than the local news. In my municipality of Inopacan, Leyte, mangrove restoration work has been going on for many years with various rates of success. We have a kilometer elevated bamboo boardwalk through a mangrove wetland area. One of my first assignments was to identify mangrove species. My counterparts thought there were two species and we found ten!

There are ongoing problems with vandalism to the boardwalk and cutting mangroves even though it's illegal. Funding for law enforcement is scarce. Getting revenue from eco-tourism is always the hope. It takes a long time to create a plan,get approval, find funding, get the work done to establish a site and keep it going, as noted in this article.

Much gratitude to MAP for your great work.

Valli Sanstrom

ACTION ALERTS

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 10, 2017
Register your event today! Join the worldwide celebrations. Have a look at the global map of events and add your event to the WMBD event map. CLICK HERE

CBEMR Experience Exchange MAP 2017 English Subtitle
VIEW THE VIDEO

Save the mangrove forest in Pitas (Sabah), Eastern Malaysia
Please support this important alert being launched by Forest Peoples Program (FPP) SIGN PETITION
VIEW VIDEO


The world's largest mangrove forest is in danger from a massive coal plant.
UNESCO can put pressure on India and Bangladesh to protect the forest, but they need to see that people around the world are speaking out. Click here to add your voice


MAP Calendar 2017
 This is our 16th annual edition of Children's Mangrove Art, and this Calendar is celebrating MAP's 25th Anniversary! Please order your calendars now, and help us celebrate a quarter century of MAP's work to Save the Mangroves!"


Mangroves: Guidebook to Malaysia – available for download here
 
Mangrove rehabilitation in Asia – Local Action and cross-border Transfer of Knowledge for the Conservation of Climate, Forests and Biodiversity VIEW VIDEOS HERE
 
STOP PLANTING MANGROVES ON SEAGRASS BEDS _ A CALL TO ACTION
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

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

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum
 
Marvellous-Mangroves-Myths-and-Legends-Promo
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
MARVELLOUS MANGROVES IN BRAZIL
En Portuges

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Friday, March 31, 2017

MAP News Issue 413, April 1, 2017

Mangrove Action Project

The MAP News
413th Edition                               April 1, 2017

FEATURE STORY
 
Mangrove Meet-up: Sharing ideas, perspectives and experiences
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March 9th, 2017 was another sweltering day in southern Thailand. The air was almost wet with humidity, the sun beat down from overhead, and the relentless heat hung around like a blanket. However, the midday temperature did not stop the seven villagers from Ban Thung Yor, Klong Thom, Krabi Province who were exploring the mangrove restoration site at Ban Nai Nang. This was the second stop on a two-day tour of three villages affiliated with Mangrove Action Project (MAP) and funded through Synchronicity Earth of the UK. The tour was set up to highlight the experiences of MAPs participants and share ideas of how to successfully restore their own mangrove area. Villagers here have worked for years to reestablish their mangrove area, and have divided it into two sections- one left to restore naturally, and another with the addition of the planning of Nypa plants that the villagers use for thatch roofs, cigarette rollers, food, and daily life. Villagers of Ban Thung Yor were invited to learn to make batik fabric prints and were taken on a tour of the mangrove area, which has grown a considerable amount since the last time it was visited. “Our biggest problem was hydrology of the site,” spoke Mr. Ekakarat Cheangyang, “once we got the hydrology fixed, the area grew back quite quickly, and is still growing.” READ MORE
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AFRICA

Unesco upbeat in scaling up floating mangrove project
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Doha Office will remain upbeat in its efforts to promote and scale up the floating mangrove project in Qatar. “We are trying to find more partners from the private sector for the project. We know the pilot went very well, but we need to scale it up,” Dr Anna Paolini, director, Unesco Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen, said at a press briefing yesterday. Described as “a highly important environmental initiative” that will significantly sequestrate carbon emissions not only in Qatar but globally, she stressed that the idea was picked up by other Unesco offices in different parts of the world. She believes it is easier for their colleagues to present this idea to their partners due to larger mangrove populations in countries where they operate. READ MORE

ASIA

Sri Lanka project wins international funding competition
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SRI LANKA - The Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation Project has been named a winner of this year’s Global Resilience Challenge, enabling a major expansion of Seacology’s landmark nationwide project! The competition, hosted by the international Global Resilience Partnership, selected a number of organizations working to bolster communities against climate change and natural disasters in Africa and Asia. The nearly $1 million grant will let Seacology expand the initiative’s reach and deepen its impact in the country’s northern and eastern regions. As the scientific consensus builds about the importance of mangroves in sequestering carbon, protecting coastal communities from storms, and supporting fisheries, Sri Lanka will be in an even better position to demonstrate these important benefits. “This project makes Sri Lanka the first nation in the world to protect all of its mangrove forests. This is very important as mangroves sequester more carbon than other forests and thus play a vital role in the battle against global warming,” said Duane Silverstein, Seacology’s executive director. READ MORE

Kochi may get a mangrove heritage site
INDIA - With the destruction of mangrove forests continuing unabated both in private and public lands, the district office of the state biodiversity board has come forward to protect one such area by declaring it a heritage site. The district biodiversity officials have proposed 20 acres of mangrove forests in Puthuvype campus of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos) as 'district mangrove heritage site'. A proposal regarding this has been submitted to the state biodiversity board. Currently, the mangrove forest patch in Kufos houses 14 species including Xylocarpus brought from Andaman Islands. Rhizophora and Mucronata, locally seen in Puthuvype, have also been conserved in the area. The Mangrove Research Centre is conserving the patch that is being used for study purposes. "We are planning to declare mangrove heritage sites in four or five districts in the state in two months. Biodiversity management committees in respective local bodies should pass a resolution giving permission to declare mangrove forest areas as heritage site. READ MORE

Ten Mumbai city spots to be rid of debris to save mangroves
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INDIA - In a bid to save existing mangroves in the city, the mangrove cell has identified ten places that need to be cleaned of debris so that it does not kill mangroves in the area. Mangroves in Bandra have been rid of debris however the cell, along with residents’ associations, local schools and colleges is to begin similar activities in areas such as Versova and Charkop. The objective is not only beautification of mangroves but also removing plastic from these areas. With debris collecting in and around mangroves, the plants are scarcely able to breathe which often times kills them. The department started by cleaning the mangrove patch at Carter Road, Bandra, for which it roped in students from local schools and colleges and residents’ associations in the vicinity. Nearly 150 school students along with others collected 50 bags of trash stuck to the roots of the mangroves. A hundred saplings were also planted at the site. READ MORE

A man-made mangrove forest thrives in Iloilo
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PHILIPPINES - A man-made mangrove forest in Leganes, Iloilo province, is now becoming a magnet for birds, a variety of spawning fish species, mud crabs and other marine wildlife. The 15-hectare Katunggan Park in Barangays Gua-an and Nabitasan, which used to be fishponds, is now thickly covered with mangroves. From being an abandoned, underutilized and unproductive fishpond, proponents of the project reverted the area into a mangrove forest for climate-change mitigation and adaptation—and later a tourist and learning destination. Located 11 kilometers north of the capital Iloilo City, Leganes is a fourth-class municipality that used to be one of the province’s top producers of milkfish. READ MORE


Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves
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SRI LANKA - Perhaps no single ecosystem is more emblematic of nature’s benefits to humans than mangrove forests. Lining tropical and subtropical coastlines worldwide, they’re nurseries for countless species and protect inland areas from hurricanes and storms. They’re an environmental feature beyond our wildest technical capacities. In just the last half-century, though, more than half of all mangrove forests were lost to development. In response, people have tried to plant new forests—but as detailed in a new Restoration Ecology paper on the failure of restoration efforts in Sri Lanka, planting mangroves involves much more than putting seedlings in the ground. “Restoration projects in Sri Lanka have generally not been successful in restoring mangroves despite the good intentions which fueled them,” write the researchers, who were led by botanist Sunanda Kodikara of Sri Lanka’s University of Ruhana and Nico Koedam, an ecologist at Vrije University Brussel. Kodikara and Koedam’s team surveyed 23 mangrove restoration sites, most of them planted by government agencies and NGOs following a catastrophic 2004 tsunami drew global attention to the importance of mangroves. The 23 sites altogether represented about 1,000 hectares of plantings; on nine of those sites, not a single plant had survived. On just 200 hectares, or 20 percent of targeted area, had new forest grown, and sometimes these were stunted and unhealthy. The reasons for this were many. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Collaboration rescues a mangrove ecosystem
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MEXICO - The collaboration of academic and private interests has enabled the recovery of a mangrove ecosystem in Tamaulipas that just 15 years ago was thought to be completely lost. he Arroyo Garrapatas mangrove estuary, a 40-hectare coastal wetland located in the industrial port of Altamira, was severely damaged in the 1970s when state oil company Pemex built a pipeline in the area and effectively interrupted the natural flow of the tides. A precise mix of fresh and salt water is needed for a mangrove ecosystem to flourish. After the pipeline was installed, the Arroyo Garrapatas mangroves started to die off and disappear. In 2003, researchers from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and the Altamira port authority had been studying options to recover what was left of the mangroves when the answer literally fell into their laps. READ MORE

Grant funds study of Mangrove loss and conservation in South Asia
USA - A new NASA grant for nearly $820,000 will fund a three-year, Duke University-led study to monitor mangrove loss in South Asia and identify effective mitigation and protection strategies to help reverse the decline. South Asia’s mangrove forests provide numerous essential ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation, that benefit populations worldwide. They also help protect densely populated coastal regions in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan from storm surge and flooding. “These forests increasingly are under threat from both natural and human-derived forces, including pollution, development and sea-level rise,” says Jeffrey R. Vincent, interim dean and Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, who is principal investigator of the new $819,540 grant. “Our new project, which integrates research on remote sensing, conservation biology and environmental economics, will help us better understand the rates, patterns and causes of changes occurring to mangrove cover since 1985, and the resulting impacts these changes have had on the vital ecosystem services mangroves provide,” Vincent says. READ MORE

Why the momentum for mangroves?
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USA - Last week, the Global Resilience Partnership announced the winners of its Water Window Challenge, in which 12 projects will share $10 million to tackle flooding in vulnerable areas. One of those organizations was Seacology, a nonprofit environmental conservation organization dedicated to preserving the habitats and cultures of islands, which will use the nearly $1 million grant to expand its work to conserve mangroves in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. A partnership between Seacology, the Sri Lankan NGO Sudeesa, and the Sri Lankan government led this island nation to became the first country in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests. “Mangroves are really the unsung heroes of conservation,” Duane Silverstein, the executive director of Seacology, told Devex from his office in Berkeley, California. He said that Sri Lanka could serve as a model for other countries, at a moment when scientific consensus is building about the importance of mangroves — and the international community is acting on that information. READ MORE

Artificial Mangroves Could Bring Back Vanishing Habitats In Florida
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USA - A couple researchers created fake mangroves in Manasota Key to bring back marine life that was lost from development. Along Florida’s coasts are seawalls-- built to prevent the shoreline from eroding. But that defense sometimes means removing natural habitats. Experts are now trying to turn these solid barriers into thriving ecosystems.
In Englewood, the blue-green waters of Lemon Bay lightly lap against the cement wall that shields local buildings and people from potential floods. What used to be here? Red mangroves— home to fish, crabs, and also oysters, which filter the water. "They're so attractive as an architectural kind of exhibit-- the tree itself, the way it branches, the way the roots and branches overlap and you get a kind of continuous structural network," says architect Keith Van de Riet. READ MORE

LAST WORD
 
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ACTION ALERTS

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 10, 2017
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CBEMR Experience Exchange MAP 2017 English Subtitle
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Save the mangrove forest in Pitas (Sabah), Eastern Malaysia
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The world's largest mangrove forest is in danger from a massive coal plant.
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MAP Calendar 2017
 This is our 16th annual edition of Children's Mangrove Art, and this Calendar is celebrating MAP's 25th Anniversary! Please order your calendars now, and help us celebrate a quarter century of MAP's work to Save the Mangroves!"


Mangroves: Guidebook to Malaysia – available for download here
 
Mangrove rehabilitation in Asia – Local Action and cross-border Transfer of Knowledge for the Conservation of Climate, Forests and Biodiversity VIEW VIDEOS HERE
 
STOP PLANTING MANGROVES ON SEAGRASS BEDS _ A CALL TO ACTION
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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

SHARE MAP'S VISION 
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
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Exclusive Interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mangrove Action Project - See more
 
Question Your Shrimp- Don't Buy or Sell Imported Tropical Shrimp! Sign the Petition

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum
 
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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

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


FOR MORE ON MAPs AWARD WINNING CHINA MANGROVE CURRICULUM VISIT
Education in the Mangroves - China
VIMEO SHOW
VISIT OUR "MM" WEBPAGE

Check out our presentation for more details on Marvellous Mangroves

“Education In The Mangroves" can now be seen on the  PhotoPhilanthropy website here!

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
Mangrove-Roots-from-Below-Columbia-277x186
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

Donate to MAP via Paypal
Giving could never be easier
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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

 

 Volunteer Opportunities with Mangrove Action Project CLICK HERE

MANGROVE ISSUES 
View MAP’s uploaded Videos at MAPmangrover’sChannel
Question Your Shrimp Consumer/Markets Campaign!  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

 

"Question Your Shrimp" Campaign

Learn more about the affects of the shrimp industry on mangroves by visiting our blog
Editor’s Note: Mangrove Action Project’s Executive Director, Alfredo Quarto was interviewed about shrimp by Green Acre Radio’s Martha Baskin
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW

Information sheds clear light on shrimp-mangrove connection
Question Your Shrimp
SEE DETAILS MANGROVE/SHRIMP

Join MAP on Facebook

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