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Mangrove Action Project


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Restoration approach

Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR)


Preserving and Restoring Mangrove Forests  

Mangroves are one of the earth’s keystone ecosystems. Bridging the land and sea along tropical coastlines, they are a vital habitat for a variety of terrestrial and marine species, and are also essential to hundreds of millions of people who rely on their productivity via fisheries and other materials.

Mangroves are also an important piece of the climate puzzle – they can sequester up to five times more carbon
per hectare than tropical rainforests,while also protecting coastlines from rising seas and storms of increasing frequency and intensity.


The downside – half of the world’s mangroves are already gone, largely due to coastal development, unsustainable aquaculture practices, and overuse of resources.


Mangrove Action Project (MAP) works to change this, both through promoting awareness of mangroves and their benefits,

and by enabling local communities, NGOs, governments and other stakeholders around the world to conserve and restore their local mangroves in a sustainable and biodiverse manner.


Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration

Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration

Working with coastal communities, governments, local and international NGOs, academics and individuals, MAP aims to enable others to conserve and restore their local mangrove forests using best-practice methodology and natural regeneration. Specifically, MAP runs training workshops in ‘Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration’ (CBEMR), a best-practice methodology that addresses underlying ecological and community needs to enable natural regeneration of mangrove forests. By building the capacity of and providing advice to local stakeholders, these governments, communities, and NGOs are then able to facilitate natural regeneration of their local mangroves in a biodiverse and sustainable fashion.

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Mangrove Restoration Awareness

Mangrove Action Project also works to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove forests and their associated ecosystems (like coral reefs and seagrass) – via campaigns such as an annual worldwide photo contest, and through a schools’ education program ‘Marvellous Mangroves’, which has thus far been introduced to more than 2,500 teachers and 250,000 students in 16 countries globally.

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