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September 22, 2021

Episode 21: The middle Road interviews Alfredo Quarto, Program & Policy Director/ Co-founder of Mangrove Action Project (MAP)

  “Human Nature Needs Nature” Alfredo Quarto  

In this episode, Nishant Malhotra, Sole Founder of The middle Road platform has an animated chat with Alfredo Quarto, Program & Policy Director/ Co-founder of Mangrove Action Project (MAP), a thought leader US-based nonprofit enabling social change and impact by conserving, and restoring our world’s mangrove forests. Mangrove Action Project is educating coastal communities on many aspects of Mangroves trees significantly one of the positive externalities of attracting bees leading to beehives for processing honey and honey-based products.

How did this idea about preserving and nurturing Mangroves and coastal habitats originate? ✓Mangrove Action Project is educating coastal communities on many aspects of Mangroves trees significantly one of the positive externalities of attracting bees leading to beehives for processing honey and honey-based products. Do talk about your splendid work in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and other countries using the Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) technique.

How does the community-building model work through the CBEMR model? What is hydrology technology and why is it important in preserving the coastal ecosystem. Do talk about the resistance and acceptance you find from the local communities when you speak about how preserving Mangroves rather than cutting them for shrimp farming will help in increasing their incomes through such alternative, sustainable livelihoods as beekeeping in the mangroves, the sale of honey and honey-based products?

With climate change as a central global agenda among all actors within the sustainable development sector, how do you think the future of Mangroves will work out within this climate change tenet? Please share your vision going forward?

Describe why MAP’s CBEMR program is so important in ensuring a more effective approach to mangrove restoration, avoiding the serious failures of past tree plantation methods.  

You have an academic degree in Aero and Astro engineering. How has been your journey and transition been within the social impact sector? What message would you share with people who want to venture into this sector?  

Do share any Ah Ah moment with the audience. Any experience you cherish?  Alfredo, I thank you for sharing time and chatting about your work at Mangrove Action Project (MAP). 

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