This newsletter is published by Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a unique partner-led initiative, co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development.
As the latest phase of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) draws to a close, this video highlights some of the project’s most successful initiatives – from local women supporting national park management in Viet Nam to an island in the Maldives that has become a model for waste management, and everything in between.
Rivers – particularly those in Asia – act as conveyor belts of waste. In this photostory developed by the IUCN Water Programme, Maeve Nightingale, MFF Capacity Development Manager and Asia Regional Coordinator for the IUCN MARPLASTICCs initiative, shares her insight on the problem.
To help the Thailand Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) learn how to establish a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, MFF arranged for members of the DMCR to visit the Sundarbans site in Bangladesh. Through the visit, the DMCR gained insight into how they can successfully inscribe Thailand’s Ranong Coastal Wetland onto the UNESCO list.
64 year-old Samsuri has been planting mangroves on Bahak Indah beach, East Java, for 20 years. Through a project supported by MFF, Samsuri and his community group gained attention from the local government, who have turned to him for his expertise to fulfill their own mangrove restoration mandate.
Over six weeks in June and July, Mangroves for the Future and the Asian Institute of Technology provided 25 staff from training institutions in five countries with knowledge and tools to teach integrated coastal management in the region.
On an island called Perseverance in the Seychelles, women are leading the community to improve their resilience in the face of climate change. With support from MFF, the community is learning how to establish community gardens, harvest rainwater for irrigation, and compost household waste for fertiliser.
The Phuket News, Thailand: David Jacklin, a journalist with the Phuket News, who attended the International Year of the Reef workshop on 20 July (see News), writes about the event, and places it in the context of the global plastic pollution crisis.
Several news websites reported on the MFF Viet Nam national completion workshop, held on 24 August. The workshop, Improving the Endurance Power of Ecosystem and Coastal Community – Sharing Knowledge And Experiences, consolidated MFF Viet Nam’s lessons learned across 30 projects.
In late August, five news outlets in India reported on an MFF training session held for all 600 Drishti lifeguards in Goa. One week later, Drishti Lifesaving was once again in the news, withthree outlets covering their rescue of a stranded striped dolphin.