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Partner 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. Read more
Partner 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.
The Mangrove Action Project is an international NGO focused on conserving and restoring mangrove forests around the world. Mangrove forests are among the most biodiverse habitats on earth. They are also among the most efficient absorbers of carbon and they protect coastal communities from hurricanes and tsunamis. But the world has already lost half its mangrove forests.
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 address the problems of mangrove loss worldwide. MAP’s pro-active approach to long-term mangrove conservation involves: education, advocacy, collaboration, conservation and restoration, as well as sustainable community-based development.
One of the major contributors to mangrove loss is industrial shrimp farming in the developing world. The high demand for cheap farmed shrimp is stripping mangrove forests from our coasts. Most people are simply unaware of this connection, so the Mangrove Action Project has launched the "Question Your Shrimp" campaign which allows consumers to make informed decisions about what they eat.
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To learn more about mangroves & read further about the campaign, visit: www.mangroveactionproject.org
Having previously volunteered with many other organizations, I was impressed by how personable the staff of Mangrove Action Project was. I felt that I was valued as a volunteer and my time was well spent--they gave me assignments to complete independently while providing immediate feedback, great communication on expectations, and savvy tips on their professional standards. I conducted interviews with local Seattle chefs and I felt integral in helping to modify the questionnaire, conduct productive interviews, and representing a great cause. On the rare occasion that the staff was not able to meet face-to-face on short notice, at least three people were willing and available to speak on Skype and I always felt informed of our goals, events, and progress. MAP provided me great opportunities to network with other organizations of interest--GlobalWA, Greenpeace, Chef's Collaborative--by attending social events, fundraisers, and fairs. I would recommend MAP for passionate volunteers!
I had the opportunity to intern with MAP in 2013. The staff at MAP are extremely passionate about the work they do, and that enthusiasm is shared with interns and volunteers. Working as an intern meant being a self-starter, and that meant there were a lot of ways to participate. My initial responsibilities were to conduct surveys, but when I asked to do more, I was given as much responsibility as I requested. I got to attend events like the Fremont Fair and learned to engage better with the public. Surveying Seattle chefs also helped me improve my communication skills in a professional setting. I also expanded my efforts to writing and conducting research for the Question Your Shrimp campaign.
MAP's cause is also critically important, and yet so-little known, especially in the United States. I would encourage others to volunteer and intern for MAP to get experience working at an international nonprofit, to improve both themselves and the world around them.