Following the devastation of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, IUCN and UNDP recognised the vital link between healthy coastal ecosystems – especially mangroves and coral reefs – and the resilience of coastal communities to natural disaster. Their joint initiative, MFF, is now at the end of its third phase.
Since 2006, MFF has been at the forefront of sustainable coastal resource management in Asia.
So far, MFF has brought together over 300 Members in 11 countries, from government agencies to grassroots civil society groups. These Members are strengthening the resilience of communities whose lives and livelihoods depend on coastal resources.
Early stages of mangrove growth, Thailand, Thailand © Ana Grillo