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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.
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
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