We at Mangrove Action Project are taking a truly grassroots, bottom-up approach to mangrove conservation and restoration issues. Our approach involves and includes the voices of the global South, local communities, and their partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
MAP is unique in that it acts as a sort of megaphone, amplifying the voice of the coastal fishers in matters of relevance and importance to their lives. MAP also acts as a vital foot bridge or link between the global North and South on issues of over-consumption, deforestation, marine conservation, and human rights, as well as addressing such present day crises as climate change and sea level rise.
Since 1992, Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots, NGOs, researchers, and local governments to conserve & restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems. MAP also promotes community based, sustainable management of coastal resources & has also launched a consumer awareness campaign in the U.S. called Question Your Shrimp.
Question Your Shrimp
The Question Your Shrimp campaign is currently working to gather support from restaurants, chefs, retailers, & consumers who are pledging not to serve or buy unhealthy imported shrimp. By raising awareness & changing consumer demand in the U.S. (currently, the #1 consumer of imported shrimp), the campaign strives to reduce mangrove deforestation & oppression of coastal communities overseas.
The leading cause of mangrove destruction is the meteoric growth of the shrimp farming industry in the developing world. In an effort to produce cheap shrimp, mangroves and their accompanying ecosystem services are stripped from coastlines and replaced by open system shrimp farms that pollute the surrounding environment. Mangroves provide unique ecosystem services like:
- Nursery habitat for 75% of the worldʼs tropical and sub-tropical commercial ﬁsh
- Filtration of pollutants, preserving purity of coastal waters
- Proliﬁc renewable resources for coastal communities including food, ﬁrewood, medicines, shelter, and tourism
- Protection of coastal communities from the ravages of tsunamis and hurricanes
- Efﬁcient carbon sequestration, capable of sequestering far more CO2 per hectare than tropical rain forests
- Last remaining endemic habitat for Wild Bengal tigers (Sundurbans mangroves)