Skip to main content

Science-based education for grassroots mangrove restoration

We work to secure a healthy future for mangroves around the globe by bridging science, community and education.

Fisherman, Trang Province, Southern Thailand

"If there are no mangrove forests, then the sea will have no meaning. It is like having a tree with no roots, for the mangroves are the roots of the sea."

—Fisherman, Trang Province, Southern Thailand

Our history


Mangrove Action Project was formed in 1992.

Its founders – Alfredo Quarto, Ian Baird and Pisit Charnsonah – had witnessed firsthand the rapid devastation of the world’s mangrove forests and decided to take action by combining science-backed recommendations with genuine local involvement.


MAP was a pioneer in community-led conservation, focusing on not just the challenges affecting the wetlands but also those of the communities who relied on them.


We are not afraid to speak the truth either.

We became whistleblowers against the shrimp aquaculture industry, spotlighting its destructive expansion responsible for hundreds of thousands of hectares of mangrove loss.


Since then, MAP has grown into a global network focused on viable, long-term, equitable solutions to restoring these vital ecosystems.

Annual Reports

MAP is an international nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, with 501(c)3 charitable status.

Our EIN number is 20-0833537

Explore our work

MAP provides the grassroots training and education programs needed to effectively protect these vital ecosystems – now and into the future.