Can damaged coastal ecosystems be restored?, and environmental stresses on mangroves be minimized? If yes, what are the scientifically sound and ecologically sustainable ways to achieve this? These are just few of many questions related to improving the health of mangroves and coastal zones in the Indian Ocean countries today. Coastal ecosystems are areas of high ecological complexity and hence their restoration is a highly challenging prospect. Although possible, it is a long road to recovery and for severely damaged systems, natural restoration is often difficult. The post-Tsunami years saw a rapid upsurge in efforts to restore coastal areas and mangroves in the Indian Ocean countries. Despite of these efforts there remains a pressing need for smart ways to restore and manage coastal ecosystems in the region.
Mangroves for the Future (MFF) believes that a holistic approach is necessary to maintain healthy coastal ecosystems. It recognizes the need to better equip the institutions that work on the ground and enabling local communities to become direct project beneficiaries. By teaching people skills and techniques on replanting, restoration, removal of alien species and sharing of lessons learned, MFF seeks to develop synergy between people and coastal ecosystems.
Around the Indian Ocean region, MFF works by encouraging local action based on scientific approaches and techniques, MFF seeks to conserve these vital coastal ecosystems for posterity. Through its Small Grants Facility (SGF), MFF supports programs that engage coastal communities in income generating activities that ensure better livelihoods and maintain ecosystem health. In Sri Lanka for example MFF via ‘Replanting mangroves in the Batticaloa lagoon’ project helped establish 180 mangrove enclosures and planted 17,000 mangrove seedlings. In Panama, Sri Lanka, MFF helped the reconstruction of the Pottuvil mangrove nursery by engaging local fishing community. Similarly in Thailand’s Mae Nang Khao district, through Participatory rehabilitation of aquatic habitat project, MFF helped the reforestation of 32 hectares of degraded forest with 9,000 mangrove plants and repopulated the protected area by releasing 11,000 juvenile fish.
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|Programmes of Work||Actions/Outputs||Contribution to results|
|2. Designing ecologically and socio-economically sound coastal ecosystem rehabilitation
Safeguarding the Coasts, Pakistan © MFF/IUCN, 2015
SGF Pakistan output
Mamallapuram, near Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India 30 Aug - 31 Aug 2012
A regional colloquium on sharing lessons in mangrove restoration on August 30-31, 2012 in Chennai, India examines the various experiences from MFF countries where mangrove projects have been carried out. The colloquium ...
Kochi, India 28 Oct 2013
Representatives from more than 12 countries attended a Regional Fisheries Symposium from October 28 to 30 in Kochi, India with the goal of exploring ecosystem-based approaches to protecting fisheries and marine biodivers...