Good Options for Children, Students, Teachers and Consumers
Through its global network and offices in the U.S. (International Office), Thailand (Asia Regional Office), Indonesia, and Latin America, MAP is stimulating the exchange of ideas and information on the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities.
Mangrove forests act as a nursery for 75% of tropical commercial fish, protect against coastal erosion, protect coastal communities from tsunamis and hurricanes, and absorb carbon dioxide. But until recently, mangrove forests had been classified by many governments and industries as “wastelands,” or useless swamps. This mistaken view has made it easier to exploit mangrove forests as cheap and unprotected sources of land and water.
Today, less than half the world’s original mangrove forest cover remains. As much as 50% of mangrove destruction in recent years has been due to clear cutting for shrimp farms.
MAP is a whistleblower against the shrimp aquaculture industry, spotlighting its destructive expansion that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of hectares of mangrove loss and ruin of valuable coastal zones.
Not all support comes in the form of donations (although we certainly don’t mind donations!). It can sometimes be hard for younger individuals to feel that they can make meaningful contributions without the cash to spare, but fear not! MAP has several options for non-monetary support:
Volunteer or Intern
MAP welcomes the contributions of volunteers and interns. This is a great way to get introduced to the work that MAP does and get hands-on. Read more
Education Good Options
Teachers and students are also encouraged to look at our different educational materials, such as the Marvelous Mangroves curriculum
Pledge to Avoid Farmed Shrimp
Join the movement to avoid the environmental destruction caused by shrimp farming, and join others in signing our Pledge to not buy
Send a Free MAP eCard
MAP’s e-Cards offer you a unique way to spread the work about MAP’s good works, while sharing beautiful photographs of the mangroves.
Why support Us
Mangroves are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems in many regions of the world and research and studies are revealing the unique importance of these habitats to the planet. The Mangrove Action Project is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest wetlands and their associated coastal ecosystems worldwide. Its main goal is to promote the rights of traditional and indigenous coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, to sustainably manage their coastal environs.