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Mangrove Conservation – General
Mangrove Conservation – Regional
Mangrove Restoration
Shrimp Aquaculture & Sustainable Seafood
Coral Reefs & Sea Grass Ecosystems
Tourism & Community-Based Tourism
Educational & Informational
Activism & Advocacy
MAP Partner & Collaborating Organizations
Information Portals & Environmental News Services
Flora and Fauna
Other

Mangrove Conservation – General

The Big Picture of Tiger Conservation
http://www.zslblogs.org/2011/10/18/the-big-picture-of-tiger-conservation/

Challenging the “Man” in Mangroves: The Missing Role of Women in Mangrove Conservation by Alyssa Bosold
Read paper
View powerpoint presentation (1.4 MB)

Global Mangrove Database and Information System
www.glomis.com/

International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems
www.mangrove.or.jp/

Status and distribution of mangrove forests of the world using earth observation satellite data
by C. Giri1*, E. Ochieng2, L. L. Tieszen3, Z. Zhu4, A. Singh5, T. Loveland3, J. Masek6 and N. Duke7
http://www.dpi.inpe.br/referata/arq/2010_09_Marilia/Giri_etal_2010.pdf

Stepping Out by Christopher R. Cox
audubonmagazine.org

Wetlands International
www.wetlands.org/

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Mangrove Conservation – Regional

 

China Mangrove Protection Project (CMPP)
Works on mangrove issues in all of China’s coastal provinces that have mangroves, including Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi. Activities include awareness raising, investigation, scientific research, communication, interpreter training, data accumulation, web construction, afforestation, and the Greenwild Mangrove Fund (GWMF).
www.china-mangrove.org

Ecosystems of South Florida
Sponsored by USGS and involved researchers from all over the US. One of the ecosystem types investigated were the coastal mangroves of Florida.
www.cbl.umces.edu/~atlss/mngrv001.html

Field Guide to Kenyan Mangroves
http://www.mangrovecrabs.com/

Mangrove Garden Foundation
Created to provide charitable funding for preservation of wetland environments, for the support and maintenance of educational programs conducted in the Mangrove Gardens at Carwill Oaks, Florida, and development of its bilingual educational website.
www.mangrovegarden.org

Western Australian Mangrove Page
www.science.murdoch.edu.au/centres/others/mangrove/

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Mangrove Restoration

Bashan Foundation
Promotes high quality, scientific, environmental research and arts for the benefit of humanity, including on mangrove microbiology and mangrove restoration.
www.bashanfoundation.org

Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR): Re-establishing a more biodiverse and resilient coastal ecosystem with community participation
Importance of Mangroves and Need for Restoration
http://ecosysblogs.wordpress.com

 

Ecological Mangrove Restoration Techniques
Field experience from southeast coast of India. Dr.V.Balaji, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., Director, OMCAR Foundation
http://omcar.org/user/Conservation.aspx?ID=1

Global Restoration Network (GRN)
Offers a database and web-based portal for information on all aspects of restoration. A project of the Society for Ecological Restoration International.
www.globalrestorationnetwork.org

Mangrove Conservation & Restoration – Central to Climate Challenge Mitigation
Article on Blue Carbon Blog by MAP Executive Director Alfredo Quarto
http://bluecarbonblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/mangrove-conservation-restoration.html

Mangrove Replenishment Initiative (MRI)
Contributes to a wide range of habitat creation and restoration programs that are international in scope.
www.mangrove.org

Mangrove Restoration.com
Contributes to a wide range of habitat creation and restoration programs that are international in scope.
www.mangrove.org

Wikipedia page on Mangrove Restoration
Mangrove restoration is the regeneration of mangrove forest ecosystems in areas where they have previously existed. The practice of mangrove restoration is grounded in the discipline of restoration ecology, which aims to “[assist] the recovery of resilience and adaptive capacity of ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed” [1]. Since environmental impacts are an ongoing threat, to successfully restore an ecosystem implies not merely to recreate its former condition, but to strengthen its capacity to adapt to change over time.
www.mangroverestoration.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangrove_restoration
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Shrimp Aquaculture & Sustainable Seafood

 

Aquaculture Department of the SE Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD)
Based in Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, SEAFDEC conducts research on fisheries problems; generates appropriate fishers and aquafarmers and managers; disseminates information on fisheries science and technologies; and recommends policies pertaining to the fisheries sector.
www.seafdec.org.ph

ASIA – Asia Solidarity against Industrial Aquaculture
Network aiming to create a voice for the people of the coastal South that would speak about the destruction of the environment and the right to life and livelihood of the people in regions affected by industrial aquaculture.
www.asiasolidarity.org/

The Carbon Footprint of a Shrimp Cocktail
In many parts of Latin America and Asia, large swaths of coastal mangrove forests have been cut down and turned into shrimp farms. Not only does this deforestation destroy habitat for birds and cause other ecological problems, but it also releases a large amount of the carbon stored in mangrove soil—so much, in fact, that the shrimp end up having a sizable carbon footprint
sciencemag.org

“Do You Know What Your Dinner Ate for Breakfast”
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and Swedwatch present a report about reduction fisheries, the fisheries that grind perfectly fine food fish to fishmeal in order to supply the growing aquaculture industry.  SSNC investigated trawl fisheries in Thailand which supplies the so called trash fish to the fishmeal industry as well as anchoveta fisheries and fishmeal production plants in Peru.  In the Thai fishery a range of atrocities were discovered including severe human rights abuse to illegal immigrant labor and illegal trawling on coral reefs within marine protected areas. The catches commonly included juvenile species of fish used in local dishes, thereby compromising fish stocks as well as food security; the catches also included threatened and protected species. The resulting fishmeal is demanded by the growing prawn farming industry in Thailand and Vietnam, among others.
Read the Report
Watch the companion video “Grinding Nemo”

Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
Educates consumers and raises awareness amongst retailers and importers of shrimp. Trains and partners with organizations in the developing world – helping them to have their voice heard nationally and internationally.
www.ejfoundation.org/page214.html

Food and Water Watch
Provides guidelines for shrimp consumers and a series of publications on health issues related to shrimp consumption.
www.fwwatch.org/fish/shrimp

Imported fish with banned chemicals reaching U.S. consumers.
Tons of imported fish laced with chemicals banned from the U.S. food supply, including the family of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones and the carcinogen malachite green, are routinely showing up in this country and, state officials say, winding up on American dinner plates.
Fair Warning
http://www.fairwarning.org/2011/07/imported-fish-with-banned-chemica
ls-reaching-u-s-consumers/

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers
Works towards the establishment of equitable, gender-just, self-reliant and sustainable fisheries, particularly in the small-scale, artisanal sector. Information on various aspects of Aquaculture.
www.icsf.net

“Murky Waters – Shrimp Farming in Bangladesh”
The corrupt practices, human rights abuses, and environmental degredation caused by the shrimp industy exposed.
http://www.linktv.org/video/7119

Redmanglar Internacional
Latin American network, currently based in Ecuador. Defends mangroves and coastal marine ecosystems, guaranteeing their vitality and that of coastal communities that depend on them in the face of threats and impacts, especially of shrimp farming.
www.redmanglar.org/redmanglar.php

Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
SSNC co-operates with organizations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Honduras and is supporting their efforts to stem the expansion of shrimp farming. SSNC and partner organizations in countries with shrimp farms call on all Swedes to desist from buying tropical shrimps.
http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/in-english/marine-ecosystems-and-fisheries/organic-shrimp-farming/

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Coral Reef & Seagrass Ecosystems

 

Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
Promotes coral reef conservation around the world by working with the dive industry, governments, local communities, and other organizations to protect and manage coral reefs, establish marine parks, fund conservation efforts, and raise public awareness with the mission to keep coral reefs alive for future generations.
www.coralreefalliance.org

Global Coral Reef Alliance (GCRA)
A coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists, and other individuals and organizations committed to coral reef preservation, primarily focusong on coral reef restoration, marine diseases, and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress, and pollution.

www.globalcoral.org

Osha Gray Davidson
Author of ‘The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef.’
http://www.oshadavidson.com/books/the-enchanted-braid/

Planetary Coral Reef Foundation
Vision is to stop the destruction of the world’s coral reefs by 2020 and restore their beauty, health, and abundance within this century.
www.pcrf.org


Reef Base
A Global Information System on Coral Reefs
www.reefbase.org

Seagrass Watch
An international seagrass monitoring program, providing general information about seagrass and how it is monitored, with links to other related sites, and their regular newsletter.
www.seagrasswatch.org

UNEP – World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Explains the relationship between coral reefs and mangroves and contains world distribution maps.
www.unep-wcmc.org

Western Australian Seagrass Webpage
Mainly focused on Western Australian research, but provides some general information and links to international seagrass sites.
http://www.science.murdoch.edu.au/centres/others/seagrass/

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Tourism & Community-based Tourism

Andaman Discoveries (AD)
Arranges community-based homestays in two coastal fishing villages which were severely impacted by the tsunami on the North Andaman coast of Thailand.  The project involves community-led livelihood development, coastal resource conservation and restoration, education, and cultural empowerment.  MAP-Asia is collaborating with AD and highly recommends their homestay program.
www.andamandiscoveries.com

 

North Andaman Community Tourism Network (N-Act)
N-Act in Thailand which features CBT communities on the North Andaman Sea coast including Lion Village on Phra Thong Island  a newly established post-tsunami village. A homestay program has been introduced as an alternative supplementary livelihood in this small-scale fishing community through collaborative support between MAP-Asia, Naucrates, Andaman Discoveries  and N-ACT.  MAP Asia has recently increased its support and involvement in community-based tourism (CBT) projects in Lions Village where a Coastal Community Resource Center is also being established. Responsible CBT is steadily proving to be a valuable tool in raising awareness on the management, restoration and conservation of coastal resources. The community programs provide visitors exciting new ways to discover a relatively unknown and unspoiled region of Southern Thailand. www.andamancommunitytourism.com

Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism (ECOT)
Chiangmai/Thailand based coalition of worldwide Regional Ecumenical Organizations and over 70 secular and faith-based groups. Seeks to unite people around collective efforts that negate the undesirable effects of modern tourism and, in its place, institute socially responsible and ethically oriented tourism. Produces e-newsletter, Tourism Scan.
www.ecotonline.org

Global Anti-Golf Movement (GAG’M)
Appeals to golfers to be fully informed and aware of the adverse environmental, health and social impacts of golf tourism.
www.antigolf.org/english.html

Ibis Exchange Kayaking and Tours
Ibis Exchange is a kayaking tour company in the Padre Ramos Estuary and Nature Reserve, a 22,000 acre mangrove estuary on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.
http://www.ibiskayaking.com/

 

John Gray SeaCanoe
Starting in 1983, John Gray has developed sea kayaking as a low-impact means to explore coastal environments in Thailand and SE Asia. Follows very high Ecotourism standards, using well-trained and knowledgeable guides, as well as the ecotourism principles.
www.johngray-seacanoe.com/index.htm

Imersion Adventures, Mexico
An ecotourism company based in La Manzanilla, Jalisco. Since 2000, offering fun, educational, and safe sea kayak and snorkel tours, birding and cultural tours, and environmental field study courses of the Costa Alegre and the Central Pacific Highlands, in addition to fostering environmental research and conservation efforts in the area.
www.immersionadventures.com

Restrict Bimini Bay Resort
Bimini Bay Resort is a scandalous ongoing ecological disaster.
www.RestrictBiminiBayResort.org

Tourism Concern
Working to ensure that tourism always benefits local communities.
www.tourismconcern.org.uk/

Tourism Investigation & Monitoring Team (TIM-Team)
Provides information for public use and to engage in campaigns for social and ecological justice in tourism and development.
www.twnside.org.sg/tour.htm

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Educational & Informational

American Museum of Natural History/BioBulletin
The latest information on global diversity and conservation with: in-depth Feature stories about scientists at work, a weekly Snapshot of nature news and images, and Bio Viz, a satellite’s-eye view of changes in the biosphere.
sciencebulletins.amnh.org/bio

Bioluminescence in Sea Creatures
krilloil.com

“Destination Biology for Kids: The Ocean Food Chain”
http://www.breezes.com/destination-biology-for-kids-the-ocean-food-chain.html

Dr Art’s Guide To Planet Earth – For Earthlings Ages 12-120
An excellent resource that effectively communicates scientific principles underlying global environmental issues.  For kids and adults interested in understanding the issues that they encounter in the media, enjoyably written with excellent graphics.  Sections include: Introducing Planet Earth, Matter Cycles, Energy Flows, Life Webs, Thinking Globally and Acting Locally.
www.planetguide.net

 

“Dwindling Forests, Dwindling Livilihoods?”
Produced by Mehedi from Humaitywatch of Bangladesh and Jim Wickens for Forest Peoples Project 2010. This short film highlights how the use of the forest by the local indigenous communities is being threatened by a combination of mismangement, corruption and over-exploitation.
Read the article and view the film at The Ecologist.org

Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit
An easy-to-use manual for individuals and organizations from both the education and community sectors. Addresses the potentially powerful alliance of school systems and communities working together to reach local sustainability goals. Together they can reorient existing curriculums to create locally relevant and culturally appropriate education.
www.esdtoolkit.org/

Ecoblogs
Our mission is to provide science based ecological information to general public, grassroots, students and many others from various social and economic backgrounds. Ecoblogs feel that conservation and sustainable development issues can be brought into practical perspective when science based conservation educations are disseminated to public in an ‘easy-to-understand’ succinct format.
http://ecosysblogs.wordpress.com/

FAO’s Participation Website
The objective of the Participation Website is to bring together, under one virtual roof, a broad cross-section of stakeholders interested in participatory approaches and methods in support of sustainable rural livelihoods and food security. The stie, with links, news, and broad information, is available in English, French and Spanish.
www.fao.org/participation

 

“The Impact of Seafood”
http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/impact-of-seafood/#/marine-food-chain/

Learning for Sustainability
Guide to on-line resources (formerly NRM-changelinks), a practical resource for proponents of multi-stakeholder learning processes. Recognizes that social learning is an ongoing process, rather than an outcome to be achieved. Includes a number of topic areas that are relevant to social learning.
www.learningforsustainability.net/

Livelihoods Connect
A family of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) service, focus is on poverty alleviation through sustainable livelihood development. Has a large collection of documents and a guide to organizations involved in sustainable livelihoods.
www.livelihoods.org

Lynne Cherry
Author and/or illustrator of over 30 award-winning books for children, she lectures widely-and passionately–about how children can make a difference in a democratic society–if they feel strongly about something, they can change the world. Her latest book entitled ‘The Sea the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle’ shows how a mangrove ecosystem becomes more and more complex, and how, as it becomes more complex, it supports a greater variety of living things.
www.lynnecherry.com/work3.htm

Mangrove Educational Book Series No.1: CONTINUING THE JOURNEY AMONGST MANGROVES
Available in book form for purchase or as a free pdf
http://www.mangrove.or.jp/isme/english/index2.htm

Mangrove Educational Book Series No.2: STRUCTURE, FUNCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF MANGROVE ECOSYSTEMS
Available in book form for purchase or as a free pdf
http://www.mangrove.or.jp/isme/english/index2.htm

Mangrove Educational Book Series No.3: USEFUL PRODUCTS FROM MANGROVE AND
OTHER COASTAL PLANTS
Available in book form for purchase or as a free pdf
http://www.mangrove.or.jp/isme/english/index2.htm

Natural History Museum, London
Offers free access to a searchable catalogue of hand-selected and evaluated, quality Internet resources covering the natural world. New resources are added to the database on a weekly basis.
www.intute.ac.uk/healthandlifesciences/nature/

OneOcean: The Philippines’ Coastal and Fisheries Management Information Center
Launched in January 1998 during the International Year of the Ocean to showcase the Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP), it has since evolved into a rich and comprehensive resource on the Philippine experience in coastal resource management. Presents models of best practices in community-based and local government-driven coastal management.
www.oneocean.org/

Overseas Development Institute
Briefing papers on sustainable livelihoods, although they are not collected in one place on the website. Use the search tool to get a list of ‘livelihoods’ documents.
http://www.odi.org.uk

Practical Action
The Practical Action (formerly ITDG) website provides a wealth of practical information to support the improvement of livelihoods. The Technical Information page provides many links, and there is a Technical Enquiry Service which supplies technical information to grassroots development workers, community-based operations, and NGOs free of charge. Their Technical Briefs are a series of comprehensive fact-sheets on appropriate technology in the areas of food processing, energy, transport, water, manufacturing, and construction, and are available to download for free.
www.practicalaction.org

South Florida Aquatic Environments
Provides an interactive, web-based program that increases public awareness and understanding of 3 imperiled S. Florida ecosystems – the Everglades, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys. Human impacts and conservation issues, as well as the role of museum collections in providing a historical taxonomic and distribution database, are included.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/southflorida/pisces.html

Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroves
McIvor, A.L., Spencer, T., Möller, I. and Spalding. M. (2012) Storm surge reduction by mangroves. Natural Coastal Protection Series: Report 2. Cambridge Coastal Research Unit Working Paper 41. Published by The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International. 35 pages. ISSN 2050-7941. URL:http://www.naturalcoastalprotection.org/documents/storm-surge-reduction-by-mangroves

Theme on Sustainable Livelihoods -TSL (of CEESP)
Concerned with local aspects of environmental sustainability and community well-being: community-based, equitable, and sustainable management of natural resources; the generation of local wealth; and the empowerment of local communities for their own social and cultural well-being.
http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/ceesp/what_we_do/wg/

Tropical Coastal Ecosystems : a bibliography
Compiled by Farid Dahdouh-Guebas. Deals with general issues of tropical coastal ecosystems, with a strong emphasis on mangrove forests, as well as relevant articles in vegetation science, remote sensing, data processing and statistics.  In addition, it contains publications on benthic macrofauna, with a strong emphasis on mangrove crabs.
http://www.vub.ac.be/APNA/research/Mangroves_and_biocomplexity/TCE.html

Web Resources on Climate Change
Understanding and adapting to climate change is a massive, interdisciplinary undertaking, and the sites listed here have lots of information from every possible angle.
http://www.environmentalsciencedegree.com/climate-change/

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Activism & Advocacy

Best Practices for the Planning, Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres.
The objective of this Handbook is to present a range of key lessons learnt from a variety of wetland education centres around the world. It is hoped that these lessons will inform people involved in the planning and development of new centres or will assist others in the redevelopment or management of existing centres. This Handbook builds on, and borrows from, a previous online manual published in 2006 by Wetland Link International entitled ‘Developing a Wetland
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Blue Climate Solutions
The Earth’s oceans are critically important to our weather and our climate. They cover 70% of our planet’s surface and represent the largest active carbon sink on our planet, mitigating the effects of climate change through the absorption of our carbon emissions.
http://sites.google.com/site/blueclimatesolutions/home

Blue Frontier Campaign to Save Our Living Seas
Dedicated to building a blue movement of seaweed (marine grassroots) organizations committed to the protection, exploration, and restoration of America’s living seas.
www.bluefront.org/news/index.php

Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)

Works to protect the natural environment and the people and wildlife that depend upon it by linking environmental security, human rights and social need. EJF is an international organization dedicated to training and supporting local activists, communities, and organizations in the developing world, helping them to bring environmental injustice to national and international attention.
www.ejfoundation.org

Forest Conservation Portal
Ecological science-based forest conservation advocacy providing vast rainforest, forest and biodiversity conservation news and information.
http://forests.org/

Global Response
Helps protect the Earth by telling you about environmental emergencies and what you can do to help. At the request of indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations, organizes urgent international letter campaigns to help communities prevent many kinds of environmental destruction.
globalresponse.org/index01.php

Habitat Media
Encouraging citizen, consumer, and industry involvement in conservation efforts and sustainable development.
www.habitatmedia.org

Information for Action
Automated lobbying service focusing on the environment, including many marine issues. Website contains a database of contact details of thousands of politicians, an environmental quiz, and a database of chemicals and their effects on the marine environment.
www.informaction.org

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers
Works towards the establishment of equitable, gender-just, self-reliant and sustainable fisheries, particularly in the small-scale, artisanal sector.
www.icsf.net/icsf2006/jspFiles/icsfMain/

Mangrove Environmental Protection Group, San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
www.elmanglarsanblas.com

 

Moidjio C.R.C.A.D. (Centre for Research Conservation and Development)
Researching the tropical environment and helping communities to develop in a sustainable way. Conservation of marine mammals (whales, doplhins, dugongs), marine turtles, coral reefs, primary rain forest, lemurs, giant bats..
http://sites.google.com/site/moidjio/

Orion Society
Mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community. Currently furthers its mission through 3 fundamental programs: the ideas and inspiration of Orion magazine, community activism through the Orion Grassroots Network, and environmental teaching through Orion Education.
www.orionsociety.org

Protect our Mangrove in Trinidad and Tobago
A blog recording the efforts of activists to protect the mangrove in Claxton Bay, Trinidad.
http://claxtonbaymangrove.wordpress.com/

 

Restrict Bimini Bay Resort
Bimini Bay Resort is a scandalous ongoing ecological disaster.
www.RestrictBiminiBayResort.org

Save the Mekong
A new network formed of local and international groups and ordinary people who all share a concern about the future of the Mekong River. Working to protect the river, its resources and people’s livelihoods, and calling for better ways to meet energy and water needs.
www.savethemekong.org or mekong@savethemekong.org

Seaflow
Seaflow is a growing community of concerned citizens who are dedicated to protecting the living oceans of our planet, working locally, nationally and internationally to raise awareness and promote public participation. Their mission is to stop the military’s use of sound-blasting the oceans with low frequency activated sonar (lfa).
www.seaflow.org

Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Protecting endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity worldwide.
www.seaturtles.org

 

Slow Food
Eco-gastronomic member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. See also Slow Fish
www.slowfood.com/

World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
International network of citizens’ groups in the North and South involved in efforts to defend the world’s rainforests.
www.wrm.org.uy/

Society of Akumal’s Vital Ecology (SAVE)
SAVE’s mission is to keep our unique and fragile ecology safe from the dangers of unsustainable development, for the future of our children and for upcoming generations. Our efforts focus on stopping the ecological devastation that has been underway along the Quintana Roo Coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. The fragile ecosystem includes the spectacular water filled caves and caverns (cenotes), the thriving mangroves, the beach bluff, and the fringing reef.
http://www.saverivieramaya.org/

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MAP Partner & Collaborating Organizations

 

African Mangrove Network
A network of African NGOs and CBOs working in the field of sustainable management of marine and/or coastal ecosystems. The main aim of AMN is to promote the sustainable management of mangrove forests by rehabilitating damaged ecosystems, protecting their species, and developing management plans. Currently, the Secretariat is based in Senegal.
Abdoulaye Diame, Secretariat

Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement du Togo/
National Consumers and Environmental Alliance of Togo (ANCE-Togo)
A national network of NGOs, CBOs and individuals with programs in the areas of Environment, Consumption and Habitat.
www.ancetogo.globalink.org

Arte Manha Cultural Movement (Brazil)
Aims to integrate and strengthen the cultural identity of local and regional community through multi-disciplinary social and environmental activities, seeking quality of life and economic sustainability. Activities combine scenic arts, literature, music, and crafts in their creative process; strengthening and stimulating local and regional folkloric manifestations of African and indigenous descendents, while incorporating recycling, reuse, and alternative use of materials in artistic activities.
e-mail: mcultartemanha@yahoo.com.br
No website

ASIA- Asia Solidarity against Industrial Aquaculture
Network aiming to create a voice for the people of the coastal South that would speak about the destruction of the environment and the right to life and livelihood of the people in regions affected by industrial aquaculture.
www.asia-solidarity.org/

Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) – Nigeria
Formerly known as the Niger Delta Project for Environment, Human Rights, and Development (NDPEHRD).
A rural-based and rural-focused NGO founded in 1999 to respond to the environmental, human rights, rural health, and underdevelopment problems plaguing the Niger Delta with the goal of serving as a bridge between the rural communities of Nigeria and their rights by empowering them through education and assistance.
www.cehrd.org

Centre for Coastal Conservation Environment – CCEC (Bangladesh)
CCEC is a grassroots NGO based in Khulna, Bangladesh whose work is based on the idea that strategies for sustainable environmental management and conservation can only be achieved through local-level participation based on indigenous knowledge. Key actions include raising awareness about issues such as mangrove protection (e.g. through a newsletter and poster highlighting the problem and encouraging participation in “Mangroves Action Day”).
www.ccecbd.org

Coalizão SOS Abrolhos (Brazil)
Network of NGOs mobilized to protect the Abrolhos region, along the southern coast of the state of Bahia, noted for both the highest marine biodiversity in the South Atlantic and highest fish production in Bahia, sustaining more than 20,000 people.
e-mail:  bastos.rp@gmail.com

Coastal Development Partnership –CDP (Bangladesh)
Calls upon the International Community to extend their cooperation to move forward programs for the sustainable development of people and for the conservation of Environment and natural Biodiversity, in the SW Coastal region of Bangladesh.
www.cdp.20m.com

 

Coastal Poor Development Action Network – COPDANET (India)

COPDANET was formed in 1991 to work with poor fishing and Dalet (untouchables) communities around Pulicat Lake in order to empower them to know their rights, restore their environment, and improve their livelihoods. Their Mangrove Resource Center in South Andaman was built in 2004 to raise awareness, and conserve and restore mangroves. Students, poor fishing communities, the general public, tribals, and migrants are all the focus target of COPDANET’s mission.
www.copdanet.org

Committee for the Defense and Development of the Flora and Fauna of the Gulf of Fonseca
CODDEFFAGOLF
(Honduras)
Grassroots community organizations, has been leading the struggle against shrimp farm expansion for years. Its Director, Jorge Varela, is the Goldman Environmental Prize winner in 1999.
www.coddeffagolf.net

CORALINA – The Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina (Colombia)
Represents Colombia’s National Environment System in the San Andres Archipelago. Created by Congress in 1993, this government agency is the environmental authority for the region and is responsible for environmental planning, management, education, and research. Also manages the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve and Marine Protected Area.
www.coralina.gov.co/intranet/

Development and Appropriate Technology-DATe (Cambodia)
DATe was formed in 2000 and focus on energy efficiency technology in rural communities around Tonlesap (The Great Lake). DATe is involved in research, development, and dissemination of improved cookstoves, palm sugar stoves, institutional stoves, bio-fuels, and fish smokehouses. In 2004 they constructed a floating, Community Resource Center at Kampong Chhnang Province, Tonlesap, to extend environmental awareness of flooded forest destruction.
Cambodia Projects & Partners

Environment Matters (USA)
A conservation advocacy firm primarily focusing on natural resources management and consumer-oriented ocean and coastal related issues. EM professionals have been engaged in outreach-education initiatives and campaign work nationwide for more than 10 years and have established good working relationships with a wide range of groups and government. Services offered include:  research, strategic planning, outreach and education campaigns, political challenges, legislative initiatives, grant writing and more.
www.environmentmatters.net

Fisheries Action Coalition Team – FACT (Cambodia)
Coalition of NGOs, established in 2000, working on the fisheries and environmental issues around the Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.
www.fact.org.kh

Food and Water Watch (USA)
Challenges the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink. A spin-off of the national consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.
www.fwwatch.org/about

 

Friends of Mangroves “Sahabat Hutan Bakau” (SHB)
SHB established to involve the local community in the protection and rehabilitatation of the Kuala Gula mangroves in Perak, Malaysia.  The alarming changes has increasingly altered the lifestyle of the local communities who have in the past been highly dependent on the mangroves for their livelihood, including fishing and gathering of produces from the mangroves for economic purposes. www.friendsofmangrove.org.my/

Global Association for People and the Environment – GAPE (Cambodia/Canada)
Assisting people in an environmentally friendly way. Protecting the environment in a people friendly way.
http://www.gapeinternational.org/

Instituto Terramar (Brazil)
Promotes, organizes, and stimulates an integral development (social, economic, technological, environmental, political, and cultural) in conjunction with coastal communities in order to improve their quality of life and strengthen their autonomy.
www.terramar.org.br

 

Instituto BiomaBrasil – IBB (Brazil)
Newly formed NGO who’s roots were established a couple of decades ago in BIOMA (Bioecology of Mangroves Laboratory), a University of Sao Paulo (USP) training unit where academic education efforts addressed and catalyzed the conservation and management of mangroves and other coastal ecosystems, merging academic instruction with hands-on practical conservation through social engagement.  Headquartered in Recife, Pernambuco (NE Brazil), IBB also has two offices in SE Brazil: Vila Velha, Espirito Santo State and the City of Sao Paulo.
www.biomabrasil.org

Mangrove Forest Conservation Society of Nigeria – MFCSN
Formed in 1995 to conserve and protect the mangrove ecosystem in Port Harcourt, it has spread to Yenegoa, Calabar, Uyo, Lagos, Benin, Asaba, etc. The mission of is to formulate and implement various components of rural community development projects in the Niger Delta capable of making positive impact on sustainable human development and Mangrove ecosystem conservation as well as to create a conducive environment for these through peace, dialogue and partnership by all stakeholders.
Akie Hart, Coordinator

Mangrove Service Network – MSN (Myanmar)
MSN was formed in 2001 and has been working with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) on saving Mangroves in Ayeyarwaddy delta, in Myanmar.

www.mangroveservicenetwork.org
www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Saving-the-mangroves.htm

National Trust for the Cayman Islands
Non-profit, statutory body working to preserve natural environments and places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands for present and future generations.
www.nationaltrust.org.ky/

NAUCRATES, Onlus (Thailand)
Naucrates, an Italian NGO, has been running scientific research and conservation projects on sea turtles, mangroves, coral reefs, and sea grasses at Phra Thong island since 1996. Naucrates started a mangrove restoration project following the 2004 tsunami at Phra Thong Island. They are alsoundertaking an environmental education program for children on the island.
www.naucrates.org/

Organization for Marine Conservation Awareness and Research (OMCAR FOUNDATION) (India)
OMCAR Foundation is a registered, non-governmental, non-profit organization with tax exemption of 80G and 12AA. We engaged in a multitude of activities for the conservation of coastal and adjacent ecosystems of northern Palk Bay.
Website: http://omcar.org
Blog: http://palkbay.blogspot.com

Participatory Management of Coastal Resources of Cambodia – PMCR (Cambodia)
PMCR is a project that started in 1997 under the Ministry of the Environment with support from IDRC. PMCR is the leading project in Cambodia on Community Based Natural Resource Management with many publications on their experience in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong Province. An on-going project is Mangrove Restoration with local fishing communities in degraded mangrove areas caused by charcoal production.
www.crdi.ca/es/ev-5480-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

Sandhan Foundation (India)
Acts as a center for media documentation; media education, studies, and research, serving as a media archive on ecology, archeology, and heritage. They built and currently operate Community Coastal Resource Centre at the village of Gupti on the boundary of the word famous and biodiverse reserve, Bhitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary, in Orissa.
www.sandhan.org

Sewalanka Foundation (Sri Lanka)
Sewalanka is one of the largest and most active NGOs in Sri Lanka with offices throughout the country. There mission is to enhance the capacity of rural communities to democratically identify and address their own development needs and to provide services that contribute to economically viable, socially just, and ecologically sustainable development of Sri Lanka. Sewalanka has been involved with fishing communities in mangrove conservation and restoration on the SE since 2002.
www.sewalanka.org/

Small Fishers Federation of Sri Lanka – SFFL
SFFL works with fishing societies in the South and SE coast. Projects focus on widows, children, youth, and fishing communities. Skills training, savings banks, small enterprise, health, education, and mangrove conservation and restoration programs are important aspects of their work. They have established 3 Mangrove Resource Centers as focal points for mangrove awareness education.
e-mail: sffl1anu@bellmail.lk
No website

West African Association for Marine Environment – WAAME (Senegal)

Founded in 1995, WAAME is a multidisciplinary organisation whose objective is to take part in, provoke, and develop the baseline initiatives of populations involving issues relating to the rational use of natural resources and to the conservation of the environment in marine and coastal areas. WAAME performs integrated and community-based management activities in mangrove ecosystems.
http://www.africanconservation.org/explorer/senegal/484-west-african-association-for-marine-environment-waame/view-details.html

Wetlands International – Thailand Programme
WI works globally, regionally, and nationally to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands, to benefit biodiversity and human well-being. WI-Thailand was established in 1996, undertaking a large mangrove awareness and restoration project in southern Thailand.
www.wetlands.org/

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Information Portals & Environmental News Services

 

Channel G
Works to maximize funding & awareness for nonprofit projects that focus on environmental, social and health-related issues.
www.channelg.tv/

 

ClimateArk
Climate change portal and search engine dedicated to promoting public policy that addresses global climate change through reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions, renewable energy, energy conservation, and ending deforestation.
www.climateark.org

Eco-Portal
EcoEarth.Info is an Internet search tool which provides access to reviewed environmental sustainability news, information retrieval tools, and original analysis and action opportunities.
www.environmentalsustainability.info

Environmental News Network – ENN
Compiles reports from around the world. Read the news on the ENN website, or subscribe to a daily email newsletter.
www.enn.com

Forest Conservation Portal
Ecological science-based forest conservation advocacy providing vast rainforest, forest and biodiversity conservation news and information.
http://forests.org/

Mongabay.com
Seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development
www.mongabay.com

Oneworld Site
Source of news and analysis relating to sustainable development, acts as host to hundreds of development organizations.
www.oneworld.org

Planet Ark
Home to the Reuters Daily World Environment News. Searchable archive and email newsletter.
www.planetark.org

Third World Network
Tracks issues such as biodiversity, women’s rights, WTO, and biotechnology.
www.twnside.org.sg

Water Conserve
An internet search tool which provides access to reviewed water conservation news, information retrieval tools, and original analysis and action opportunities.
www.waterconserve.info

WWW Virtual Library – Sustainable Development
Comprehensive list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organizations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, databases, directories or metadatabases.
www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/meta/sustvl.html

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Flora and Fauna

 

22 IUCN Red Listed Species in the Mangroves
Listing of threatened species in the Mangroves.  Type the word “mangrove” into the search bar after following this link:
http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
Ashraf, M. “The Fantastic Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh and India”

Swamp Tigers From the Sundarbans” is a 6 part film series on youtube.
The Tiger (Panthera tigris), a member of the Felidae family. Native to much of eastern and southern Asia, the tiger is an apex predator and an obligate carnivore. Reaching up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) in total length, weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), and having canines up to 4 inches long, the larger tiger subspecies are comparable in size to the biggest extinct felids. Aside from their great bulk and power, their most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes that overlays near-white to reddish-orange fur, with lighter underparts.

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Other

 

Global Gateway to Geographic Information Systems (GISFish)
Remote Sensing and Mapping for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries. New web site of the Aquaculture Conservation and Management Service (FIMA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a number of collaborating institutions.
www.fao.org/fi/gisfish/index.jsp

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and all wildlife, helping to create a better world for everyone.
www.rspb.org.uk

Volunteer Work Thailand
Non-profit organization that enables volunteers to search for volunteer opportunities in Thailand, with an emphasis on free volunteer work.
www.volunteerworkthailand.org

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