Support our Advocacy, Networking and Clearing House for Mangroves

Support our Advocacy, Networking and Clearing House for Mangroves

OVERVIEW

image_mini (1)The MAP News is a sort of continuing catalogue of latest trends in global developments affecting mangroves, where readers over time can catch a glimpse of the multifarious forms that threaten these magnificent coastal wetlands. Old threats and new ones can be tracked, while hopeful signs of progress in conservation and restoration can be monitored. Under the editorial management of MAP’s new News Editor, Sam Nugent, the newsletter has advanced greatly in both quality of its presentation and the depth and relevance of its content.

THE CHALLENGE
MAP was really the only “whistle blower” back in 1992 that brought mangrove loss / shrimp farm expansion issues to international attention.
MAP’s Mangrove News information has been a critical regular source of information which people have come to rely upon around the world, but a good portion of readers are located in the developing world and are unable to afford an annual newsletter membership. Even if they could afford most don’t have a credit card or a means to transfer a newsletter fee. An international electronic transfer can cost more than $25- the same as the actual annual fee.

Meanwhile, the cost of putting together the MAP NEWS continues to increase. Seeking and selecting appropriate news items takes time, as does editing, layout, computer and internet, as well as software to handle the mail-out are just some the costs involved. In addition there is a great deal of communication required with people submitting news and to inquiries regarding articles which appear in the MAP NEWS.

OUR SOLUTION

The solution is to secure needed funding so the MAP NEWS continues to serve its readership with important information about mangroves, the threats and strategies for conservation. Secure funding will allow the MAP NEWS to expand reaching a yet wider base.

MAP’s global network continues to expand, with member NGOs and individuals from over 60 nations. These members receive MAP’s newsletter and many share information about their own works and progress relating to mangroves with our global network. Some are actual MAP NGO partners in projects involving advocacy and conservation, with which we at MAP are actively working in initiating and carrying out projects and campaigns, such as the newly launched Save the Sundarbans Campaign, working now to halt the Phulbari open pit coal mine that threatens both fertile farm lands and the mangroves of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh.

MAP’s small, US-based headquarters, provides administrative support and overall guidance for regional projects in the global South, while also providing four essential services to grassroots groups and proponents of mangrove conservation:

Coordination of a unique international NGO network and information clearinghouse on mangrove forests;
Promotion of public awareness of mangrove forest issues;
Development of technical and financial support for local NGO projects in the global South; and,
Publicize within the developed nations the basic needs and struggles of Southern coastal fishing and farming communities affected by the consumer demands of the wealthy nations.

IMPACT

This newsletter, which commenced in 1998, continues to go out to over 3500 individual and organizational e-mail addresses in over 60 nations, bringing mangrove related news updates, articles and action alerts from around the world. MAP’s News keeps readers abreast of latest developments affecting both mangroves and mangrove communities, offering a perspective on the latest progress in mangrove conservation and restoration, as well as the latest threats and actual losses and what exactly is contributing to those losses.

MAP’s early and ongoing work on mangrove loss, as well as proactive actions bringing attention to other unsustainable shoreline development issues, has inspired a global mangrove conservation movement. Following the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, MAP was one of the first to substantiate that mangrove loss and degradation were a major factor contributing to extensive loss of human lives and property. MAP’s call to restore the protective greenbelt buffers that healthy mangrove forests provide was heard widely and has been adopted as policy by governments and international institutions alike.

MILESTONES

  • The MAP NEWS is now in it’s 300th issue!
  • To reach over 4,000 individuals and organizations in over 70 nations within the next two years
  • To increase the membership funding support to make the MAP NEWS self-supporting