MAP Toolkit

 

MAP Toolkit

Another MAP program focuses on teaching effective and sustainable ways to utilize mangrove forest ecosystems, as well as their associated coral reefs and seagrass beds. This program is called the MAP “Toolkit”. The “Toolkit” provides sets of alternative, locally adaptable, and sustainable economic development options for mangrove forests. The program helps foster informal education programs and add value to natural resources, which if used sustainably can supplement local income and sustenance. Some of MAP’s “Toolkit” options include:

  • Production of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) from mangrove species,
  • Sustainable agriculture,
  • Shellfish and small-scale fish cultivation,
  • Bamboo construction and furniture making,
  • Fuel-efficient cookstoves,
  • Tie Dye Handicraft using natural plant based dyes
  • Community-based tourism
  • Apiculture and value-added honey products

Improved fish smoke houses are now in operation in Cambodia and Cameroon, while improved cook stoves are being built and utilized in Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and parts of S. Asia.