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The MAP News, 455th Ed., 10 November 2018

Mangrove forests are important for food production, carbon storage and sequestration, coastal protection, water purification, and tourism, which is why there is an increasing need not only to prevent further loses, but to increase mangrove areas through restoration. TNC has partnered with IUCN to develop a global model and map of mangrove restoration potential to help practitioners prioritize areas, and as a way to support and encourage mangrove restoration projects globally. The model incorporates information on both current and historic distribution of mangrove forests, as well as local drivers of mangrove loss and degradation (e.g., urbanization and industrial development, conversion to agriculture and aquaculture ponds, deforestation for fuelwood or timber, altered freshwater regimes, pollution and coastal erosion), which can vary in extent and severity depending on the region. Environmental (e.g., wave energy, tides) and social factors (e.g., population density, demographics), as well as future projections of sea level rise, urbanization, and weather events are other factors that can influence restoration suitability, and will also be incorporated into the model where possible.

The MAP News, 454th Ed., 27 October 2018

No more mangrove land will be approved for shrimp farming in Sabah. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Junz Wong said mangrove destruction must be stopped for the sake of the environment. “The destruction of valuable natural environment assets are irreversible. Instead, we should encourage agricultural development, Wong said during a visit to a privately-owned shrimp farm at Sungai Telaga in Pitas to learn more about how farming is done. “We need to make sure that there is enough for the local market before exporting.” Meanwhile, Wong said he rejected an application to start prawn farming on mangrove land. A representative from six villages which were initially going to be affected by shrimp farming on the land, welcomed the minister’s decision. “We have been pleading for the government to stop mangrove destruction and prevent businesses from coming in,” said Mastupang Somoi.

The MAP News, 453rd Ed., 13 October 2018

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

The MAP News, 452nd Ed., 29 September 2018

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

The MAP News, 451st Ed., 15 September 2018

MAP works in SE Asia providing practical, proven methods of education and training so coastal communities can conserve and restore their own mangrove forests. MAP has been collaborating with Ban Nai Nang to generate new income from beekeeping while restoring their mangrove forests. The village is now producing honey from mangrove flowers, and value-added products such as hand soaps, shampoos and balms. 10% of honey product sales goes into a Conservation Fund that gets put back into restoring mangroves that the area has lost in the past. Now, Nai Nang wants to pass that knowledge on to other communities. Just recently, the GlobalGiving Foundation selected us to participate in its Accelerator, a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations around the world. In order to succeed, we must raise $5,000 from 40 donors by October 2nd. If we meet this threshold, we will be permanently featured on GlobalGiving’s website.

The MAP News, 450th Ed., 01 September 2018

It is hard to imagine that only 14 years ago Sri Lanka was severely devastated by the tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Its waves submerged the southwestern part of Sri Lanka, killing tens of thousands and destroying the infrastructure. But there is a lesson to be learnt here. Had Sri Lankans realised that through the destruction of a natural form of defence by chopping down the mangroves, it is unlikely they would have taken this course of action. For today, Sri Lankans are resolute about one thing when it comes to the protection of their environment: mangroves have to grow, have to be nurtured and have to be respected to protect this invaluable ecosystem.

The MAP News, 449th Ed., 18 August 2018

This July marked the 20th anniversary of World Mangrove Day, which is recognized by UNESCO as a time to celebrate and appreciate the many benefits that mangrove ecosystems provide, and to make commitments to protect them. To celebrate this important day, the Mangrove Action Project created an annual mangrove photography contest. This year they received stunning images of mangroves from around the world, featuring the special communities and wildlife that depend on them. All photos that were entered are part of a special online exhibition to help raise awareness of these coastal ecosystems. Now, it’s your turn to vote for your favorite photos! Explore the gallery and choose which photo you think should win the People’s Choice Award. Voting ends August 31, and winners will be announced in early September. 

The MAP News, 448th Ed., 04 August 2018

Throughout the month of July, we asked for and received stunning photos from around the world for our 4th annual global photography exhibition We would like to thank each and every person who contributed to this project! Vote for your favorite photos to decide which will receive the People’s Choice Award. There’s still time to submit your photos! We’ve extended our photo contest until August 15th – send in your photos here. Or use #mangroveactionday to submit photos on Instagram! Donate to Protect MangrovesProtect mangroves and the coastal communities that rely on them. Join MAP by pledging to defend mangrove forests today!

The MAP News, 447th Ed., 21 July 2018

As part of this years Mangrove Action Day we are raising awareness of the connections people have with mangrove forests by creating a global photography exhibition. Throughout the month of July, we have asked for and received incredible photos from around the world. We invite you to send us your best photos for a chance to be part of a special exhibition that will help spread the importance of mangroves. Special prizes this year for our three chosen winners. Scroll down to get inspired by some mangrove themes and find out other ways in which you can get involved! 

The MAP News, 446th Ed., 07 July 2018

SRI LANKA : After decades of civil war and struggles between Muslims, Buddhists, Tamils and Singhalese, Sril Lanka is finding healing and reconciliation through the restoration and conservation of mangroves. Sri Lanka NGO Sudeesa and US NGO Seacology have teamed to create a working model based on education, business application and replanting to restore the environment and the social fabric of Sri Lanka. Sudeesa Chairman Anuradha Wickramasinghe explains “I realized that to keep the childrens lives about the environment, the most important person is the mother.” Using educational programs designed to teach women about the importance of mangroves, and to help them achieve a level of sustenance without cutting them, the group has created a series of workshops combined with small business loans to teach the women about about conservation and business, in hopes of protecting the environment. One unexpected benefit has been peaceful cooperation between past enemies. “Sri Lanka society has a very great ethnic diversity,” says Wickramasinghe, “ but when we go to work to conserve the mangroves, no one is concerned about ethnic diversity, they are all concerned about bio-diversity.”