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“Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration”

Working alongside mangrove ecologists, local NGOs, and communities, MAP promotes the ‘ecological – hydrological’ mangrove restoration (EMR) methodology, an economical and efficient way to mangrove restoration that follows basic natural processes. This well-considered model directly engages local community participation, and has proven extremely successful. Reaching far beyond mere hand planting of one species, as is sadly typical of mangrove restoration projects, EMR greatly increases the effective restoration of biodiversity to ecosystem-wide degraded mangrove forests. Natural restoration and/or manual planting of mangroves utilizing the EMR model is an important tool for international relief organizations to implement in order to restore mangroves in a cost effective manner to counter increased storm surges, rising seas, as well as the root causes of climate change.

CBEMR versus Hand-Planting

What makes it different?

The traditional and most common method of mangrove restoration is hand-planting: you may have even seen these in photo-ops, with people planting upwards of a million trees in a day. However, while these projects can make for good visuals, they often end in failure because they do not address the underlying reasons for the lack of current mangrove growth in an area. Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration Method has much better success rates, precisely because it addresses these issues – and works with local communities, NGOs, and governments to create a sustainable network that promotes long-term health of mangrove forests.

Implementing a successful method of mangrove restoration


countries MAP has given CBEMR trainings to worldwide


CBEMR demonstration sites across Thailand converting abandoned shrimp ponds back to healthy mangroves


villages involved in mangrove restoration knowledge exchange projects

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Training Services

Training Services

How MAP can help your organization implement CBEMR techniques
Demonstration Sites

Demonstration Sites

using CBEMR method

Locations of CBEMR trainings & restorations around the globe. Red = Training;  Green = Training & Restoration

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Mangrove Action Project has implemented both CBEMR projects and trainings in various countries around the world, demonstrating an effective and sustainable approach to mangrove forest restoration.

MAP has actively rehabilitated mangroves in Thailand and Indonesia, as part of post-tsunami recovery, while being involved in consulting on shoreline and mangrove restoration projects elsewhere. MAP completed EMR training workshops in Cambodia, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and plans additional workshops where there is interest. MAP also facilitates an EMR e-group with over 250 members worldwide sharing information and experience on more effective ways to rehabilitate mangroves. Through all of its work, MAP also raises awareness among those participating as to the importance of mangrove forests, whether participants are policy makers, local citizens, or NGOs.

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The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has adopted ‘Ecological Mangrove Restoration’ (EMR) as developed by Robin Lewis of Florida. Robin successfully used the method to restore mangroves for over 30 years, and there have been a number of scientific papers written to support the technique which uses natural mangrove as a model or reference site.