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Mangrove Curriculum Adaptation for Brazil

Mangrove Curriculum Adaptation for Brazil

MAP-Latin America formed a Working Group of Brazilian educators, scientists, and ethno-ecologists from 3 strategic regions of the country to carry out the adaptation of Marvelous Mangroves, MAP’s curriculum and resource guide for primary school teachers.

The 7-member Working Group represents diverse Brazilian realities of this continent-size country:

  • NE Brazil
  • SE Brazil
  • Urban mangrove systems and issues
  • Rural mangrove systems and issues
  • Traditional and Afro-indigenous fisherfolk communities
3 Strategic Regions
  • Pernambuco
  • Espirito Santos
  • Sao Paulo
Adaptation Objectives
  • Produce material that will be acceptable for use throughout Brazil
  • Take into consideration regional variability
Calendar of Activities

2006 – Translation of curriculum into Portuguese completed.
2007 – Adaptation of the curriculum.
2008 – Publication and introduction of curriculum to teachers in first strategic region (Espirito Santos) during “train-the-trainer” workshops, coordinated by MAP Partner Instituto BiomaBrasil (IBB).
2009 – Dissemination of curriculum throughout Brazil, in collaboration with IBB, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA), and MAP partner organizations.

Working Group and Partners
  • Instituto BiomaBrasil (Espirito Santo and Pernambuco states)
  • Centro Escola Mangue (Recife, Pernambuco)
  • São Carlos Federal University (São Paulo state)
  • Rede Associação Cananeia (Cananeia, Sao Paulo state)
  • Brazilian Ministry of Environment (Brasilia)
Program Support

MAP has received support to carry out the Brazilian adaptation process from:

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Guatemala Projects & Partners

Guatemala Projects & Partners

One the east coast, MAP joined with both Amigos and Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO) based in Livingston close to the border with Belize, to conduction a 3-day workshop for 40 regional teachers in October, 2010, that included a field trip to the newly declared Ramsar site at the 675 ha Laguna Grande Reserve.

Activities include:

  • Working to stem the expansion of shrimp aquaculture;
  • Halting the clear-cutting of mangroves by the Army;
  • Introducing environmental education related to mangroves and marine turtles to the region;
  • Supporting mangrove research activities in the Ramsar reserve;
  • Creating interpretive boardwalks through the mangroves; and
  • Hosting school field trip visits and workshops.
Manglares Maravillosos Curriculum Adaptation

MAP worked with Amigos del Bosque and our Colombian partner, CORALINA, to adapt the Honduras version of the curriculum for use in Guatemala.
In 2006, 20 Guatemalan teachers, representing the Pacific and Caribbean coastal departments (states), were trained to use the curriculum during a 3 day train-the-trainers workshop. Subsequent regional workshops have been held to train more teachers along the Pacific Coast.
MAP will be returning to Guatemala in 2009 to hold a train-the-trainer workshop on the Caribbean coast, as well as to evaluate the program.
Program Support
MAP received funding to carry out the Guatemalan adaptation and introduction from:

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