summary of MAP Programs
MAP acts as a Mangrove Information Clearinghouse and Referral Service, featuring information on issues related to mangrove conservation, shrimp aquaculture, and community-based coastal resource management. The MAP News, MAP's bi-weekly electronic bulletin, and action alerts reach people and organizations worldwide, facilitating networking and advocacy.
MAP's Question Your Shrimp Consumer Awareness/ Markets Campaign is based in Seattle where MAP continues to expand public awareness about the major ecological, social and health issues involved in the production of farmed shrimp from the global South. The Question Your Shrimp Campaign started in 2009, gathering over a thousand signatures of people pledging not to eat imported shrimp, and signing up 20 Seattle-area restaurants and two retailers in Seattle to not buy or serve imported shrimp.The campaign continues to expand its outreach beyond the Seattle region along the West Coast of the US, linking with the worldwide movement against the further expansion of the shrimp farm industry, urging the public to only buy local shrimp caught or produced in N. America. See the Question Your Shrimp blog for more information: http://questionyourshrimp.wordpress.com
MAP’s integrated education activities, including the 300 page "Marvelous Mangroves" curriculum for primary school children, engage stakeholders and promote their involvement in decision making related to mangrove conservation and restoration issues at community, regional, national, and international scales. MAP tailors its formal and non-formal education methods to the target audience and thematic focus of each program.
MAP's Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) Method is an economical and efficient 6-step approach to mangrove restoration which follows basic natural processes. This well-considered model directly engages local community participation, and has proven extremely successful. As part of post-tsunami recovery, MAP has actively rehabilitated 580 hectares of mangrove forests in Riau and North Sumatera, Indonesia.
IHOFs facilitate experience sharing and networking, providing a venue for learning about sustainable methods of mangrove conservation and restoration, community-based coastal resource management, and new ways to safely and effectively add to the economic freedom of coastal peoples. Designed to reach and serve NGOs and village leaders from around the globe.
Where ongoing education and environmental actions can take place, MAP helps support and advise on functioning community resource centers in 9 countries in Asia and Africa. These Centers act as demonstration sites for community-based coastal resource management, as well as education and research centers located in key places, serving as regional “nodes” for global networking.
Teaching effective ways to utilize mangrove forests and associated ecosystems, the MAP “Toolkit” of sustainable development options aids in non-formal education programs and adds value to natural resources. Some toolkit options include: oyster cultivation, bamboo construction, and fuel-efficient cookstoves.
Primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations are invited yearly to participate in MAP’s international contest. Selected winners are published in the calendar, which is distributed worldwide. This contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangroves, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas.
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