Over the last 26 years we have witnessed coastal communities, from Florida to Brazil to Thailand, lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their autonomy as mangroves were plowed under. We need your help to maintain our presence in areas where mangroves remain to prevent further loss, and to reverse this devastation.
Mangroves are simultaneously among the most productive and most threatened ecosystems on Earth. They form living barriers, protecting coastal communities against storm surge. Over 210 million people depend on mangroves for food, medicines, fuel and construction materials. Mangrove forests are home to dozens of endangered and unique species, and support coastal fisheries worldwide.
They are also a critical part of the solution to climate change: mangroves sequester huge amounts of carbon, almost five times as much as tropical rainforest per acre, and store this carbon in their soils for hundreds of years.
With recognition of the key role mangroves play growing globally, it is crucial that coastal communities are given the tools, knowledge, and decision-making power that has been stripped from them in the past. You can empower them to take on the daily challenges they face by taking action today.
July 26th marks the 20th anniversary of Mangrove Action Day, now recognized by UNESCO as the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.
This historic day commemorated Greenpeace activist Hayhow Daniel Nanoto, who died during a massive protest to re-establish the mangrove wetlands in Ecuador. Each year, MAP has renewed a commitment to action in defense of the mangroves and the communities that rely on them. The center of that commitment is the MAP-Asia team in Thailand; they have worked tirelessly to build relationships with coastal communities and restore mangrove forests for over 10 years. We cannot lose this vital presence in the mangroves.
Beginning July 26th, MAP is launching a campaign to support and expand our MAP-Asia programs, ensuring that the hub of our fieldwork and the touchstone of the communities we work with continues. In the first 30 days, our goal is to raise $5,000 to keep our hard work going.
But there are more ways you can take action: avoid eating imported shrimp that contributes to mangrove deforestation, plan your holiday giving around our beautiful 2019 Children’s Mangrove Art Calendar, and participate in our Mangrove Action Day photo contest
A gift from you today helps us all, because when it comes to confronting mangrove loss, we are all in this together.