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Mangrove Action Project

For the mangroves and the mangrove communities

aka MAP

Seattle, WA


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.

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International Program and Policy Director

Mr. Alfredo Quarto

Executive director

Mrs. Sara Lavenhar

Main Address

606 Maynard Ave S Ste 102

Seattle, WA 98104 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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What we aim to solve New!

Healthy mangrove forests play an important role in carbon sequestration—they account for nearly a third of the world's terrestrial carbon stores. Intact mangroves form a natural coastline protection shield against floods, storms or other natural disasters. Beyond these irreplaceable ecosystem services, mangroves also provide important socio-economic benefits to coastal communities. In regions where the forest has been destroyed, local rural communities are left without traditional livelihoods and shelter. A huge diversity of flora and fauna call mangroves home, including some endangered species like the Bengal Tiger. In spite of those important functions, more than 50% of global mangrove forests have been destroyed in the past century, mainly caused by human development. Reforestation programs in these areas would therefore rebuild this protection and increase the potential for sustainable development, and conservation programs would prevent future losses.

Our programs

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Building a Global Mangrove Network from the Mangrove Roots Upwards

Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) Projects

Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum

Question Your Shrimp Campaign

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1. Educate individuals, organizations, and governments that successful mangrove restoration is done through community involvement and hydrological restoration, not mangrove plantations
2. Educate individuals (of all ages), organizations, and governments about the existence and local-to-global impact of mangrove forests
3. Train CBEMR practitioners and help them leverage local resources to maintain and expand restorations
4. Enact or enforce mangrove conservation and restoration through policy/legal means
5. Reverse the rate of global loss of mangroves, and restore damaged mangrove areas.

1. Conduct Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) trainings globally
a. Provide education and theoretical training to NGOs, governments, and related organizations on either a partnership or consulting basis, targeting both small and large NGOs with mangrove conservation or restoration programs
b. Utilize the regional MAP-Asia office to support restoration work with local communities. From this office, regional CBEMR demonstration sites; and networking and education of regional organizations, including governments and universities, can be executed. These sites can also be a demonstration of the importance and success of the CBEMR method to global partners to shift the paradigm of restoration away from a hectare-by-hectare basis.
c. Implement a capacity-building network in the 9 existing CBEMR communities MAP has relationships with, utilising training, mentoring, coaching and hands-on leadership and co-training opportunities with study tour groups, workshops, and information sessions with target group, in order for CBEMR to become the preferred method for mangrove restoration.
2. Expand the implementation of the Marvellous Mangroves (MM) Curriculum for primary school students locally and regionally, both in existing locations and prospective ones
a. Encourage interaction between schools across the globe through the MM Forum
b. Fundamentally demonstrate the impact and importance of fully-integrated environmental education
3. Conduct train-the-trainers workshops for CBEMR
a. Develop a logistics manual, and a teaching manual
4. Use evidence of sustainable mangrove restoration to educate policy-makers and provide them with opportunities for training and guidance to implement successful programs.
a. Train communities and CBEMR practitioners in advocacy, policy development, and legal engagement

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