We at Mangrove Action Project are taking a truly grassroots, bottom-up approach to mangrove conservation and restoration issues. Our approach involves and includes the voices of the global South, local communities, and their partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
MAP is unique in that it acts as a sort of megaphone, amplifying the voice of the coastal fishers in matters of relevance and importance to their lives. MAP also acts as a vital foot bridge or link between the global North and South on issues of over-consumption, deforestation, marine conservation, and human rights, as well as addressing such present day crises as climate change and sea level rise.
MAP's small staff and leadership come from backgrounds of volunteerism, from the United States Peace Corps, Volunteers in Asia, CUSO (of Canada), and international human rights and environmental organizations.
We at MAP believe in the laws of physics, which state that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But we have realigned this famous equation to state that for every negative action against our planet's mangroves, marine life, and coastal communities, MAP will be pro-active in response, involving a more concerted and effective response from those whose voices must be heard and whose actions must be involved in order to heal our planet.
Mangrove Action Project brochure (pdf 1.3 MB)
Man's Inhumanity to Mangrove, Grist.org interview, 3 October 2005