Hands-on: CBEMR Stakeholder Follow-Up and Restoration Support

Mangrove Action Project

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Mangrove forests are simultaneously one of the world’s most important ecosystems – and one of its most threatened. Mangroves are incredible ecosystems that act as barriers to stop soil erosion, protect coastal communities from storms, and provide livelihoods for millions of people. By absorbing huge amounts of carbon and reducing the impacts of flooding and sea level rise mangroves are also one of our best allies in the fight against climate change. But sadly, they are being lost at an alarming rate due to coastal developments, aquaculture, and harvesting for fuel and building materials.

Mangrove Action Project (MAP), a US-based non-profit, is a team of dedicated, passionate and experienced mangrove experts and conservationists collaborating with individuals and organizations at all levels to preserve, conserve, and restore our world’s mangrove forests. MAP’s works focuses on raising awareness, knowledge exchange, education and a holistic approach to mangrove restoration. MAP has two training products: a best practice ‘Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration’ (CBEMR) process which greatly improves mangrove restoration outcomes, and a ‘Marvellous Mangroves’ schools education curriculum that teaches younger generations the values and benefits of conserving mangroves.

The Levine Family Foundation grant will support MAP’s goal of improving mangrove restoration outcomes through their CBEMR training. The grant will support follow-up site visits to ensure lasting impacts on mangrove restoration through increasing the capacity of local communities and mangrove stakeholders.

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