Alfredo Quarto, Co-Executive Director and Co-founder, is a veteran campaigner with over 35 years of experience in organizing and writing on the environment and human rights issues. Formerly an aerospace engineer, his experiences range over many countries and several environmental organizations, with a long-term focus on forestry, indigenous cultures, and human rights. Prior to MAP, he was the executive director of the Ancient Forest Chautauqua, a multimedia traveling forum with events in 30 West Coast cities on behalf of old-growth forests and indigenous dwellers. Alfredo has published numerous popular articles, book chapters, and conference papers on mangrove forest ecology, community-managed sustainable development, and shrimp aquaculture. He lives on a small, organic farm in Port Angeles, Washington and is conversant in Spanish.
Monica Gutierrez-Quarto is a Chilean artist and printmaker who has helped coordinate the MAP International Children’s Art Calendar contest for the last 12 years. These beautiful calendars are gaining in popularity with each year. Monica also assists with database entry. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.
Contact: tel (360) 452-5866 or [email protected]
MAP News Editor, (Part time). Is a graphic designer and editor. He also manages the graphic arts department for several small newspapers in the region around Port Angeles, WA where he is based.
Education Director (Part-time), brings 17 years of experience as a teacher and over 25 years in environmental education to his work developing and implementing MAP’s Mangrove Curriculum with teachers, NGOs, and Education Ministries worldwide. Before joining MAP, Martin was the founder and Executive Director of a wetland education project called the Friends of Boundary Bay/Fraser River for Life Communications Society – based on the border of BC, Canada and Washington state- for 8 years. With more than 45 years of experience in communications and education, he has developed extensive and award-winning environmental education programs on wetlands. Martin lives in the Cayman Islands.
MAP Asia Regional Office – Thailand
Jim Enright, Asia Coordinator, has been the main organizer and facilitator of MAP’s In the Hands of the Fishers (IHOF) program, starting with the first workshop in Trang, Thailand in 1999. In addition, he has co-organized and co-facilitated nine Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) technical training workshops in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka and El Salvador. Jim also oversees MAP’s office in Thailand which includes 5 Thai staff (3 full-time and 2 part-time) plus an international volunteer intern. Presently he oversees two German government funded CBEMR and livelihood field projects in southern Thailand and in Cambodia a partnership project with Participatory Management of Coastal Resources (PMCR) for over a decade. Before joining MAP in 2000, he spent 7 years working with coastal resource issues in Thailand, as a national park interpreter in Khao Sam Roi Yot, Thailands first coastal national park, and with the Thai NGO, Yadfon Association, which promotes community-based coastal resource management (CBCRM) with coastal fishing communities in Trang. Jim has an honors degree in Environment Resource Studies with a specialty in international development. He is responsible for the MAP-Asia office based in Trang, southern Thailand, and speaks conversational Thai. [email protected]
(Ning) Field Project Manager Thailand, overseas MAP’s EMR and livelihood field program. Presently, she is heading the implementation of MAP’s four year project “Mangrove Restoration and Reforestation in Asia, a Project for Knowledge Exchange and Action to Protect Climate change, Forest and Biodiversity” Ning joined MAP in 2006 and came with 4 years experience in project management and coordination of action research related to mangrove for the Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and Pacific (RECOFTC). She has 13 years in project management and coordination of action research related to mangrove and community-based natural resource management and networking among communities at the provincial, regional and international levels. She also has 5 years experience in participatory mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for natural resource management, including field application, training curriculum development and training of trainers. While with Greenpeace she was involved in environmental education for children.
Mr. Udomsak Pariwatpan
Udomsak (Em) works for MAP in Trang as a Field Officer. He coordinates implementation of mangrove restoration and livelihood projects, site visits, data collection, trainings, and is the main contact person for all communities MAP partners with in Thailand. He has a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Coastal Resources Management Technology from Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and worked as a GIS mapping technician at the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation for six years, and as a Project Officer at the Environmental Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University (2008-2009). In addition to field experience he also has proficiency in computer systems and basic computer graphic design and designs media content, maps and field reports for MAP.
Ms. Pimaaksara Chalermwon
Pimaaksara (Pick) started working with MAP in 2016 at the position of Office Administrator, where she is responsible for all office activity including office financial forms, filing, mailing, stocking office supplies, logistics for field trips, maintenances and also the upkeep of the volunteer house. In addition to office work, she is in charge of community product donations, office inventory and dispersing MAP publications (brochures, mangrove restoration manual, children’s art calendar etc.) around Thailand. Pick graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in French from Khon Kaen University before she worked as a journalist specializing in community environmental issues, at the Nation Weekly newspaper in Bangkok. In 2005 when she returned to Trang, her hometown, to help the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) study the Trang River and its many communities. Pick has a great deal of experience collaborating between staff at MAP and community members, and often aids MAP in field work and site visits.
A Visual Communicator born ‘83 in Tokyo, now based in Bristol, UK. Leo’s background is in Landscape Architecture and now specialise in engaging animated shorts and infographic stills that deliver core messages, translating often complex information into an understandable form. Having co-founded and run Room60 for 5 years he headed to Asia to get more involved with conservation and environmental issues. Leo has been producing compelling and informative animated shorts to introduce and explain MAP’s various programs and methods of mangrove restoration.
Mira Maude Chouinard
Mira Maude Chouinard, MAP’s Latin America Assistant Project Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in environmental science and of Humber College with a certificate in international program management. She worked for Falls Brook Centre and coordinated a community resilience and mangrove restoration project in Honduras, in cooperation with local NGOs and the multinational DOLE Food Company. As they encountered issues with the traditional planting method, she discovered MAP and the CBEMR method and was relieved to have found a successful long-term mangrove restoration method. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.[email protected]