News about mangroves
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I have two items of news relating to mangroves:
1. The first comes from Kennedy Warne, a mangrove enthusiast currently engaged in what he calls a “Last stand” journey in the Neotropics, visiting mangroves and writing a story about each visit to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s disappearing mangroves. In Kennedy’s web site you can see in the maps section which mangroves he plans to visit and in his Blog section you can enjoy his journey through his regular postings. Each blog is a story from a site that focuses very much on people living at or near the site as well as looking at the mangroves themselves. During his 7-week journey, which started in May and will finish in August, Kennedy will be visiting and reporting from 7 mangrove sites from Florida to Brazil.
Visit his web site here http://laststands..kennedywarne.com/make-a-stand
2. The second message comes from Monica Gutierrez-Quarto of the Mangrove Action Project regarding their annual art contest to raise awareness about mangroves. Selected artwork from the competition will be used to produce their annual MAP calendar. Full details are given below. Please DIRECT ALL ENQUIRIES TO MONICA AT firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
With best regards, Sandra Hails, Ramsar Secretariat
Mangrove Action Project Art Contest
Every year the Mangrove Action Project sponsors a fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 13 years old.
We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us “why mangroves are important to me and my community”.
Selected winners will be published in a 2010 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology. This creative contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangrove forests, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas.
Help us launch this program in your school by contacting science and art teachers in your area and encouraging them to work together on this fun and innovative project.
Who Can Enter?
Age Limit: 6-13 years old
What kind of art can be submitted?
Technique: Paint, color pencil, ink, collage, pastel, crayons, etc
Dimensions: Canvas, or paper, 45 cms x 30 cms. (18 in. x 12 in)
The art work should be in a horizontal format (long length across, the shorter length vertical), in order to fit on the calendar page. (We had received wonderful art work in a vertical format, but sadly were unable to use it.)
Artist Identification: On the back of each art work please write (in English) the full name and age of the artist, the school’s name, address, city or town, country, and the title of the art work.
When is the deadline?
Please, we must receive the artwork in MAP’s office by the end of 31 July, 2009.
The art work has to be mailed in a small tube, such as the ones for mailing posters. Make sure the art is sent in certified or registered mail to:
Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
Please mail in a tube or flat in a box, but not folded!
Please also include your local NGO contact.
All entries selected at the national level should be submitted to the same address.
How will entries be judged?
Each school will hold its own exhibition and select 3 or more winners in art. Winning entries will be collected in each country by a participating NGO and then mailed to MAP’s office to be judged by a team of artists.
What are the prizes?
1st Prize will receive a certificate + calendar and the recognition of being published in an International calendar with global distribution.
2nd Prize will receive a certificate + calendar and the recognition of being published in an International calendar with global distribution.
3rd Prize will receive a certificate + calendar and the recognition of being published in an International calendar with global distribution.
Schools will receive 2 Calendars
NGOs will receive 10 Calendars.
Who do I contact?
Please let us know if your school plans to participate by contacting:
Calendar Project Coordinator
c/o Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
tel./ fax (360) 452-5866
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CEPA Programme Officer
Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Rue Mauverney 28, 1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 9990176
Fax: +41 22 9990169