Why Mangroves?

 Mangroves are one of the most important and productive ecosystems on earth, providing a host of invaluable ecosystem goods and services to local people and the wider world.


Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is a small, lean, US-based nonprofit which collaborates with individuals and organizations at all levels to preserve, conserve, and restore our world’s mangrove forests. 

By working with forest communities, research academics, forest and environment departments, policy makers, and international funding bodies, we encourage the preservation and conservation of existing mangroves. We educate how to restore degraded or unhealthy mangrove ecosystems and encourage younger generations to take an active interest in their local mangroves forests. Why do we do this? Because healthy mangroves can provide coastal communities, particularly the poorest, with a sustainable living and reduce their vulnerability to disasters from natural events such as hurricanes and storm surges. Mangroves also provide other benefits to the rest of the world, including sequestering and storing more carbon than any other forest type.

MAP’s holistic approach to mangrove forest conservation

‘Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration’

Training local stakeholders to mitigate mangrove stressors and facilitate natural mangrove regeneration

‘Marvelous Mangroves’ School Education

Educating future generations of school children and teachers on the importance of these ecosystems, and helping Education Ministries to incorporate MAP’s program into the national curriculum

Outreach & Advocacy

Partnering and campaigning with both smaller, community-based groups and larger organisations such as the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group and the Global Mangrove Alliance to preserve existing mangroves, bring mangrove challenges to light and encourage the use of best restoration practices

MAP Children's Art Calendar

MAP Children's Art Calendar

Annual calendar featuring mangrove art from children around the world

The annual MAP 2020 Children’s Art Calendars are available! Click the button below to oder yours:

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MAP News

MAP News

Celebrating 25+ years of Mangrove News from around the world

Click the link below to sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter, bringing all the latest news from mangroves and MAP around the world:

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World Mangrove Day Photography Awards 2020


The contest is now officially open and we invite you to submit your best mangrove photos to help raise the profile of this important ecosystem. Your images will not only be part of a special global exhibition, but will also be viewed by some amazing judges this year. Click on the link to enter the contest, and find out other ways you can get involved!

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MAP's Approach...

“Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration”

Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration

Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration

An innovative & sustainable method for mangrove restoration

MAP’s unique approach

Our holistic approach to mangrove restoration empowers local stakeholders to mitigate mangrove stressors and teaches them how to use mangrove ecology and biology to facilitate natural regeneration. If you would like to find out more about CBEMR and discuss the possibility of running workshops for your mangroves, please get in contact. [email protected]

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“Marvellous Mangroves” Educational Curriculum

Marvellous Mangroves

Marvellous Mangroves

ensuring mangrove conservation through education

Ensuring mangrove conservation through education

The award-winning Marvellous Mangroves education curriculum has already been taught to over 2,500 teachers and 250,000 students worldwide, with more being added each year. It aims to increase awareness of the importance of mangrove forests through a hands-on curriculum that gets students and community members actively involved with their local mangrove forests, ensuring that mangroves will be valued both now, and in the future.

Click below to learn more about bringing Marvellous Mangroves curriculum to your region.

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