Coastal Community Resource Centers

Where ongoing education and environmental actions can take place, MAP helps support and advise on functioning community resource centers (CCRCs) in Honduras, Sri Lanka (3), India (2), Andaman Islands, Nigeria, Senegal, Timor Leste, Thailand (2), Cambodia (2), and Indonesia (6). MAP is currently developing or planning other CCRCs in Asia. The CCRCs act as demonstration sites for community-based coastal resource management, as well as education and research centers. They are located in key geographic, social, or ecologic crossroads, serving as, staging grounds for workshops and programs, as well as acting as regional “nodes” for the dissemination of pertinent information and global networking.

Coastal Community Resource Centers (CCRCs) might be likened to “acupressure points” established at key locations around the world to bring a restorative effect on a global scale. They are creative, multi-purpose facilities built with local communities and their particular setting in mind.Dedicated to the conservation and protection of mangrove forests, these centers are also important resources for groups concerned with associated marine ecosystems, such as sea grass beds and coral reefs.

MAP and Partner CCRCs

22 Community Resource Centers in 10 countries:

Andaman Islands, Cambodia, Honduras, India (3), Indonesia (8), Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka (4), Thailand, and Timor Leste.

CCRCs are:

  • demonstration sites for community-based coastal resource management
  • training, education, and research centers
  • regional “nodes” for global networking and information and skill sharing
  • meeting centers
  • interpretive centers

Stakeholders served include:

  • local communities
  • local NGOs
  • scientific researchers
  • educators
  • local governments, and
  • tourists


The CCRC concept originated in 2000 in South Asia with MAP’s partner, Small Fishers Federation of Sri Lanka (SFFL), and the establishment of the MAP-South Asian Resource Center, based in Pambala. A stone marker (photo) dedicates the CCRC partnership, located near Chilaw, Sri Lanka.

Since the first CCRC, MAP has established a network of affiliations with research scientists, NGOs, and community leaders to successfully implement more CCRCs.


In 2003, the MAP-SFFL CCRC served as the setting of the 9th In the Hands of the Fishers workshop.

Mr. Anuradha Wickramasinghe, Director of SFFL, and Alfredo Quarto, MAP Executive Director, welcome participants to IHOF 9.