Combining Ecology, Communities, and MAP’s expertise to bring successful mangrove restoration

Mangrove Action Project offers workshops on our award-winning ‘Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration’ (CBEMR) methodology. Bringing the CBEMR method to your mangrove projects will introduce a holistic, cost-effective approach to mangrove restoration. CBEMR addresses the underlying mangrove stressors and reasons for previous mangrove loss, as well as methods to identify and fix the present biophysical and socio-economic situation to produce a sustainable, biodiverse mangrove forest that provides the full suite of ecosystem services.

What Does the Training Offer?

Workshops are tailored to the needs and challenges of the host NGO or group. Session can last from 5-10 days.  Ideally the number of participants would not exceed 25. The sessions include 

  • Question-led, photo-based theory sessions
  • Field trips to bring the theory to life
  • Demonstrations of equipment and mapping
  • Group work to encourage full participation and networking
  • Group presentations

Who Can Take Part?

The workshops are suitable and adapted for many groups as MAP has trained a variety of different stakeholders in the past including:

  • Community groups
  • NGO staff
  • Funders
  • Academics
  • Government mangrove agency staff and other government staff such as civil engineers
  • Local government staff

However, MAP would recommend no mixing groups of very different abilities or experience as keeping advanced participants engaged while not losing the interest of less experienced students is difficult. 

Training Outcomes

  • Participants will have a much greater understanding of relevant elements of mangrove ecology and biology, such as why mudflats are unsuitable for mangrove growth and the importance of hydrology. 
  • They will be familiar with the process of CBEMR, which must be followed, whether the objectives and site require planting or not. 
  • Whether they are familiar with mangroves or not, the field trips will reveal much more detail about species zoning, the influence of flooding regimes, the effects of salinity and what can be learned from closely observing nature. 
  • By the end of the training the participants will be familiar with the other participants and able to network and call on others for help at a later date. 


Our experts offer extended training workshops that integrate and address the needs of multiple stakeholders into the process, creating a network that brings a lasting restorative effort


A key component of the CBEMR process is understanding and addressing the underlying ecological necessities of each individual area – fixing the underlying reasons for why mangroves haven’t naturally regenerated in the first place


Working with local communities – including in networking, educational, and livelihood training capacities – is integral to the success of projects, ensuring that those living within the area will be involved in the restoration efforts

Are you interested in a training?

To learn more about booking a training, click the ‘contact us’ link, or write to [email protected]

MAP’s Representatives

MAP’s CBEMR Workshops are run predominantly by Jim Enright and Dominic Wodehouse, who between them have over four decades of experience and expertise in working with mangrove forests and their communities, and together have run at least 15 CBEMR trainings worldwide.

Jim Enright is MAP’s CBEMR Trainer and former Asia Coordinator (1999-2018), overseeing every stage of MAP’s projects in Thailand and the region from proposal writing to monitoring, report writing, and managing staff in the Thai office. He continues to assist MAP with Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) training workshops around the globe. Before joining MAP in 2000, he spent 7 years working on coastal resource issues in Thailand, as a national park interpreter in Khao Sam Roi Yot and with the Thai NGO Yadfon Foundation which promotes community-based coastal resource management with coastal fishing communities in Trang. Jim has an honors degree in Environment Resource Studies with a specialty in international development.  He is based in Trang, southern Thailand, and speaks conversational Thai. [email protected]

After 10 years in advertising in London, Kiev, Jakarta and Bangkok for various multinational agencies, Dominic changed direction to follow a passion for trees and forests. He worked as a professional arborist in the UK while taking an MSc in Sustainable Development at Imperial College London/SOAS to facilitate a move into mangrove conservation. From 2006, he was a mangrove technical officer for Wetlands International and at the same time volunteered with MAP, assisting field projects in Thailand. Between 2011 – 2019 he has been teaching Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration for MAP in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (2011, 2017, 2019), Colombia, Suriname, Tanzania (2019, 2020), Senegal and Honduras (2014, 2015) while at the same time writing a part-time PhD at Bangor University (UK), studying community mangrove management and restoration. On completion of his doctorate in 2019, he moved into the Executive Directorship role within MAP.  Dominic is a member of the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group. [email protected]