Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Mangrove Action Project

  • Port Angeles, WA
  • www.mangroveactionproject.org

Mission Statement

Partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources.

Main Programs

  1. Building a Global Mangrove Network from the Mangrove Roots Upwards
  2. Lion Village Coastal Community Resource Center (Research, livelihood and eco-tourism)
  3. Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) Projects
  4. Mangrove curriculum

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service areas

International

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ruling year

2006

chief executive

Mr. Alfredo Quarto

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Keywords

mangroves,environment education,mangrove restoration, coastal community resource center, mangrove tie-dye handicraft, seagrass monitoring,marine protected areas, climate change,wetlands, community based tourism,coastal community-based management, mangrove restoration,fisheries, community development, sustainable livelihoods, shrimp aquaculture, endangered species,

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EIN

20-0833537

Physical Address

4872 Deer Park Road

Port Angeles, WA 98362 0279

Also Known As

MAP

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

MAP’s international coalition network brings together
an international scientific and activist response to the destruction of
mangroves. 

MAP’s strategically
located Asia offices successfully provide important training workshops in
Southeast and South Asia, utilizing our innovative, In the Hands of the
Fishers (IHOF), program to organize training workshops in Ecological
Mangrove Restoration techniques and sustainable community development
options. Workshops were held in Cambodia, Thailand and El Salvador

The Question Your
Shrimp consumer awareness campaign is a multi-faceted outreach project
that uses a variety of strategies to help the general public learn about
the true impacts of industrial shrimp farming on mangrove ecosystems
throughout the world and provides ways in which the public can take
actions to support local fisheries while taking a stand against industrial
shrimp farming.

MAP’s Mangrove
Curriculum for primary school children was further developed as part of
the official school science curriculum in Brazil and China.  This was a major step forward for
training teachers in the most effective use of MAPs education program to
help ensure that future generations grow up with a deeper appreciation for
the value of their mangroves.

MAP’s Annual
Children’s Mangrove Art Calendar Contest bridges art, education, and
cross-cultural efforts to highlight the importance of mangroves in
shoreline communities.  The program,
as well as the resultant calendar, is designed to reach both school-aged
children and the greater consuming public in the U.S. and in many other countries.

MAP’s network now
spans over 60 nations, 500 NGOs and 350 scientists, as well as thousands
of concerned individuals. MAP not only oversees mangrove conservation
work, but also helps disseminate latest news and views about mangroves in
relation to climate change, fisheries decline, and ecological and human
rights issues around the world.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Building a Global Mangrove Network from the Mangrove Roots Upwards

Witnessing firsthand the rapid devastation of the world's mangrove forest wetlands and their associated coastal ecosystems, the founders of the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) decided in 1992 that it was time to form a global network to save the mangroves. MAP has grown steadily during the last 19 years to become a respected member of the global environmental movement. MAP's international network has grown to include over 450 NGOs and 300 scientists and academics from 60 nations. In recent years, MAP has transformed from a network- and advocacy-focused organization into one still involved in advocacy, but with programs and activities on the ground, supported through local offices in Thailand and Indonesia, as well as a developing office in Brazil. MAP's pro-active five-pronged approach to long-term mangrove conservation involves: education, advocacy, collaboration, conservation and restoration, and sustainable community-based development.

Category

Budget

$50,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

Lion Village Coastal Community Resource Center (Research, livelihood and eco-tourism)

Most important to the community is establishing a
fully operational Coastal Community Resource Center (CCRC), which will become the
heart of the village, pumping information and enthusiasm to people and programs,
allowing for future local community development activities and capacity
building.  Needed renovations must be completed during this dry season,
and so, we need to secure $8,000 worth of supplies in order to finish
construction before the rains begin again in May. The two houses that the Lions Foundation of Thailand so
generously granted for the CCRC need basic retrofitting, as they currently are
not rainproof during the monsoons - threatening to ruin environmental displays,
they require sun screening protection, and also must be physically connected in
order to function properly.

Category

Environment

Budget

$8,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 3

Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) Projects

MAP's Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) Method is an economical and efficient cyclical approach to mangrove restoration which follows basic natural processes. This well-considered model directly engages local community participation, and has proven extremely successful. As part of post-tsunami recovery, MAP has actively rehabilitated 580 hectares of mangrove forests in Riau and North Sumatera, Indonesia.  March 2011 marks the beginning of a year long EMR project in Myanmar that will require much time, supplies, and funding.  There are so many areas in need of EMR education and EMR implementation, the room for help in this focus area is immense. 1.    
We plan to expand the EMR training and
active mangrove restoration to other regions, such as Bangladesh (1), India (3),
and Honduras (1). EMR works when most other approaches to restoration are
dismal failures. We cannot afford to continue doing this wrong.

Category

Environment

Budget

$110,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

Mangrove curriculum

Educating the future decision-makers in
each nation containing mangroves is vital if we hope to conserve these unique
ecosystems. MAP’s curriculum, “Marvellous
Mangroves” was first adapted twelve years, from hands-on science-based programs
and activities.  We have received overwhelming
expressions of interest in our new curriculum from throughout the tropical
world. MAP will be implementing the introduction of the curriculum through a
"train-the-trainer" process where MAP staff will train key teachers
in each country. MAP's interactive
300 page Mangrove Curriculum is now in China, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala,
Cayman Islands and Colombia. It is necessary to translate and
adapt to the flora and fauna for each country where the curriculum is
introduced. We want
to expand the reach of this important educational tool to reach more children
in more nations.

Category

Budget

$60,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

International

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Mangrove Action Project

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Alfredo Quarto

BIO

Alfredo Quarto, Executive Director and Co-founder, is a veteran campaigner with over 28 years of experience in organizing
and writing on the environment and human rights issues.  Formerly an aerospace engineer, his
experiences range over many countries and several environmental organizations,
with a long-term focus on forestry, indigenous cultures, and human rights.  Prior to MAP, he was the executive
director of the Ancient Forest Chautauqua, a multi-media traveling forum with
events in 30 West Coast cities on behalf of old-growth forests and indigenous
dwellers.  Alfredo has published
numerous popular articles, book chapters, and conference papers on mangrove
forest ecology, community-managed sustainable development, and shrimp
aquaculture.  He lives in Port
Angeles, Washington and is conversant in Spanish

Partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Mangrove
Action Project (MAP) 
confronted
its most difficult, challenging and productive year in 2010. During this time
of “Great Recession” the enthusiasm and commitment of our staff and volunteers
contributed to us accomplishing notable achievements. 2010 marked the
publication of the 10th annual children's art competition calendar,
as well as the 250th issue of MAP News e-newsletter. While amongst
our many campaigns we achieved a break though on Bimini Island in the Bahamas
to halt the
expansion of resort development.

 

The MAP
team has worked hard all year to expand on our global work of advocacy,
networking, education, mangrove restoration and community-based resource
management. Most notably our Ecological Mangrove Restoration program raced forward with the development
of a series of training workshops and follow-up mangrove restoration projects
in both Asia and Central America.

 

MAP has continued to
strive forward during 2010. Utilising our global network
and offices to achieve our mission:

 

“Partnering
to conserve and restore mangrove ecosystems and related coastal habitats while promoting community-based management”. 

 

We saw a notable
increase in global membership to 3,700 in 2011. I would like to thank all of
our supporters, especially as we enter a new year, and an era of funding uncertainty.
Our members are of most importance, not only via their financial support, but
also in promoting our work.

In
addition, our work and successes would not be possible without the support of a
number of key foundations, corporations and organizations. I wish to
acknowledge the generous support of Cottonwood Foundation, Firedoll Foundation,
Global GreenGrant Fund, Munsun Foundation Patagonia Foundation, Singing Fields,
Mcknight Foundation, New England BioLabs Foundation, and two anonymous
foundations and major donors during 2010-11. 

 

This support,
together with our community based partnership work recognizes the crosscutting
importance of our truly grassroots, bottom-up approach to mangrove conservation
and restoration issues."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marion Howard

Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, USA

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