Global partnership tackles threats to mangrove ecosystems

This story was originally published on the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) website. MFF will host a session on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, May 5 – 6.

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partner-led initiative promoting investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. Co-chaired by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), MFF provides a platform for collaboration among the agencies, sectors and countries addressing challenges to coastal ecosystems and livelihoods.

The goal is to promote an integrated ocean-wide approach to coastal management and to build the resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities.

MFF builds on its history of coastal management interventions before and after the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which was triggered by a 9.15 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province killing about 226,000 people.

It initially focused on the countries that were worst affected by the tsunami — India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand. More recently it has expanded to include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Mangroves are central to the initiative, but MFF also focuses on all types of coastal ecosystem, such as coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, sandy beaches, sea grasses and wetlands.

A grants facility offers small, medium and large grants to support initiatives that provide practical, hands-on demonstrations of effective coastal management in action.

Each country manages its own MFF programme through a national coordinating body, which includes representation from government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

MFF addresses priorities for long-term sustainable coastal ecosystem management which include, among others: climate change adaptation and mitigation; disaster risk reduction; promotion of ecosystem health; development of sustainable livelihoods, and active engagement of the private sector in developing sustainable business practices.

The emphasis is on generating knowledge, empowering local communities and advocating for policy solutions that will support best practices in integrated coastal management.

Moving forward, MFF will increasingly focus on building resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities by promoting nature based solutions and by showcasing the climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits that can be achieved with healthy mangrove forests and other types of coastal vegetation.

MFF also receives funding from the Swedish International Development Agency, (SIDA), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Danish Interational Development Agency (Danida).

Learn more at: www.mangrovesforthefuture.org

Discover more about MFF’s work in coastal ecosystems, at www.mangrovesforthefuture.org

MFF will host a session on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, May 5-6.

Discover more about India’s coastal ecosystems and diversity on the MFF India blog, Fishtales.

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