Ecological Mangrove Restoration Information Service

Ecological Mangrove Restoration Information Service

OVERVIEW

image_mini (2)An Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) e-group was originally established to share information amongst mangrove restoration practitioners in the Bay of Bengal region, India, in 2005. It has now overwhelmingly grown worldwide, and it’s providing information to over 35 countries.

To support the increasing EMR interest, MAP is also producing brochures in several languages and an EMR manual that has been translated to 7 Asian languages.

THE CHALLENGE

Mangrove forests are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems in many regions of the world. They support an immense variety of sea life in intricate food webs associated directly with the mangrove trees themselves, and many populations depend directly on them. In spite of those important functions, more than 50% of the global mangrove forests have been destroyed over the last 100 years, mainly caused by human development.

Many organizations approach this deforestation through mangrove plantations which generally involve monoculture plantations that are not monitored over time. Therefore, failing to address the biodiversity loss, and many times failing to survive in the long term, because the root causes of mangrove loss are not dealt with. Though restoration is essential right now, very few organizations so far have dealt effectively with mangroves as there is a lack of training and sufficient information.

OUR SOLUTION

To cost-effectively expand and share information on Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) MAP has set up an e-group where junior to expert members can discuss, share information and request help. This group has been regularly maintained by MAP members on a voluntary basis. However the group has been growing to an extent that requires a part time staff to follow-up on a regular basis.

In addition MAP intends to produce and translate outreach materials in English, Spanish, French and other 8 Asian languages, including brochures and manuals.

IMPACT

By funding this project you will support a network of 125 members, belonging to organizations from about 35 countries worldwide. As well as promote important outreach materials developed for grassroots communities and local NGOs in up to 7 Asian languages, including: Indonesian, Thai, Burmese, Sinhalese, Tamil, Khmer, Telugu, in addition to English, and Spanish.

MILESTONES

  • Expand the EMR e-group and ensure its regular activity
  • Produce EMR brochures in Spanish, English, French and Thai
  • Re-edit and translate the EMR manual