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Building opportunities for fisher-women in Tamil Nadu: the power of micro-financing

Ramnathapuram, Tamil Nadu 23 Mar 2015

Country: India

Topic: Civil Society Engagement, Community Resilence, Gender equality ...

Up to 87% of the poorest households in India do not have access to credit; 380 million are in need of microfinance services. Unequal education opportunities and access to business prospects has resulted in stunted economic security, particularly amon...    

Empowering women: a win for the environment and humanity

08 Mar 2015

Country: Asia Region, Viet Nam

Topic: Gender equality

In a small village near Xuan Thuy National Park in Vietnam, Pham Thi Kim Phuong starts her day at 4:00 am, preparing food for the family and for the cattle. Before the sun rises, she bikes seven kilometres to the mudflats by the park’s mangroves. The...    

Creating space for gender responsive programming

Bangkok, Thailand 20 Feb 2015

Country: Asia Region, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam

Topic: Gender equality

On 19-20 February, MFF, with its Gender Advisory Panel, and senior management of IUCN discussed ways to strengthen gender responsive programming across the organization, including identifying gender action plans at regional and national levels.    

VIETGAP: better livelihoods and a clearer environment

Ha Noi, Viet Nam 20 Jan 2015

Country: Viet Nam

Topic: Community Resilence, Sustainable Livelihoods

Tran Van Van, his wife Nguyen Thi Hong, and their two children live in Kim Trung Commune, Ninh Binh Province where they farm white leg shrimp in 3.5 hectares of pond. Two years ago, after frequent disease outbreaks, they defaulted on a 16 million don...    

Assessing MPA management effectiveness

Ha Noi, Viet Nam 30 Dec 2014

Country: Viet Nam

Topic: Coastal Governance

In 2010, the government established 16 MPAs. Only eight of these have any form of management presence, however. Even where there is a management presence, there is concern about its effectiveness in the face of numerous threats. IUCN and others have ...    

Ten years after the Tsunami, mangrove forests planted as coastal shield

Aceh, Indonesia 26 Dec 2014

Country: Asia Region, Indonesia

Topic: Strategies for Management

Can replanting mangrove forests on tropical coastlines really protect communities from the immense destruction of a tsunami such as the Indian Ocean killer wave that struck 10 years ago?    


5th Postgraduate Certificate Course on Integrated Coastal Management

Bangkok, Thailand 8 Jun - 29 Jul 2015

Mangroves for the Future Initiative (MFF) in partnership with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), will offer the 5th Postgraduate Certificate Course on Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) from June 8 to July 29, 201...    

Asia-Pacific Regional Training of Instructors on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation

Bangkok, Thailand 20 May 2015

In an effort to catalyse regional collaboration among universities and institutions that support policymaking, advocacy, knowledge generation and implementation of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate chan...    

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