CBEMR Training: Mangrove Restoration for Your Organization

Are you involved in a mangrove restoration project?

Mangrove Action Project offers trainings in our award-winning “Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration” (CBEMR) methodology. Bringing the CBEMR method to your organization and projects will introduce a holistic, cost-effective approach to mangrove restoration that addresses both the underlying ecology and socioeconomic contexts for a given area, creating a stable, biodiverse, and beneficial mangrove forest.

What Does a Training Offer?

Trainings typically last from 5-8 days, including educational presentations as well as ‘field trips’, which apply the knowledge in a hands-on approach. Typical activities include:

  • Classroom workshops
  • Trainings to understand the local ecological needs
  • Socioeconomic / livelihood trainings for local communities
  • Field days, in which restoration knowledge is put into practice in a demonstration site

Often, the training will be the initial stages of an actual restoration project, with local NGOs, communities, and governments continuing to work together to implement the CBEMR methodology.

Who takes part?

The trainings involve as many stakeholders as possible for each project, so that the restoration process is stabilized through a network and brings the greatest possible incentive and benefits for all involved. Some potential parties that are involved in past trainings have been:

  • Local NGOs
  • Local communities (both general and specified representatives)
  • Local and regional governments
  • Local economic interests
  • Other mangrove and environmental scientists


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 the coordinator of MAP Asia, and has (in conjunction with his wife Ning Enright) created a network of 12 mangrove communities, which has resulted in 13 CBEMR restoration sites along the Andaman Coast of Thailand. He specializes in working with coastal communities and socioeconomic needs in order to integrate ecological trainings among community members.

Dominic Wodehouse is a PhD student who specializes in mangrove ecology, with over 15 years of experience working in the field. He brings specific environmental knowledge and expertise to each project area, ensuring the ecological conditions necessary for proper restoration are implemented.