Corals underwater © MFF
MFF supports a holistic and integrated approach for coastal governance for a more integrated and inclusive management. A Marine Protected Area is a geographical space recognized, dedicated and managed to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services for those whose livelihoods depend on the ocean. MPAs play an important role in conserving biodiversity and ecosystems, enhancing fisheries management, education and research, and nature based recreation and tourism.
The MFF programme has helped Pakistan to establish its first MPA and Cambodia to establish their first Marine National Park. Furthermore, MFF has assisted other member countries to complete assessments and baseline information that contribute to MPA governance, including implementing Management Effectiveness Evaluations and establishing community based management arrangements.