Replanting of Mangrove in LGF Activity , Sayung Sub-Distric, Demak, Central Java, Indonesia © LGF Indonesia 2012, 2012
Coastal areas in MFF countries are naturally exposed to extreme weather hazards such as cyclones, storm surges, salt water intrusion, and tsunamis. These natural events often result in human tragedy and damage to property. In addition to episodic disasters, coastal zones and communities face long term impacts due to erosion, sea level rise and pollution. Coastal communities need to be able to adapt to changing environmental conditions if they are to avert impending calamities.
The mega disaster of the 2004 tsunami was a wakeup call to reassess the disaster preparedness and resilience of communities. It established the importance of coastal ecosystems and mangrove areas as natural barriers against destructive forces of nature. Further, the relief efforts that followed helped reveal underlying disparities related to human rights, gender, ethnicity, age and social strata.
MFF believes that a resilient community is one which is well informed and able to utilize available resources to prevail against disasters. It emphasizes on the need to develop strategies that help curb damage to ecosystems while enabling mangrove dependent communities to be prepared for future disasters.
In India, for example, MFF supported a comprehensive survey and mapping of land-use patterns and shelterbelts in 5 coastal states vulnerable to weather events. The knowledge database developed from the project is proving invaluable to state and government planners in strengthening green coastal defences.
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|9. Improving community resilience to natural disasters
Mangroves : Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions, Thailand © © Tim Plowden
The coastal mangrove forest is the buffer between land and sea, playing the critical role of protecting the land and coastal communities from storms, wind and erosion. The short documentary takes us to an island in Southern Thailand illustrating how mangroves have depleted greatly in the last 50 years, how people have been affected, and shows what is being done to restore these habitats to secure a more sustainable future. The Mangrove Action Project have been working with IUCN and local sub-district government organizations to demonstrate the model of Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration on the island for others to follow at a larger scale. Our vision is to restore abandoned shrimp ponds back into lush mangroves with the local people, greatly improving their lives, securing a more sustainable future, and ensuring the most effective protection from storms for generations to come.
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam 1 Jun - 04 Jun 2015
As the pilot initiatives for Mangroves for the Future's component focusing on mangroves and climate change draws to a close, a review workshop evaluated how best practice can be mainstreamed into all MFF projects.
Bangkok, Thailand 18 Mar - 20 Mar 2013
The workshop aims to develop categories for building resilience, particularly a draft resilience framework in the context of the MFF project objectives. Countries will prepare specific follow-up plans to act as a road m...
Dhaka, Bangladesh 30 Mar - 03 Apr 2014
The National Coordinating Body of Bangladesh and MFF Regional Secretariat promote cross-learning among Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Viet Nam about ecosystem-based approaches to building coastal community resilience. The Sy...
শ্যামনগর, সাতক্ষীরা, বাংলাদেশ। 20 Nov 2014
আগামী ২০ নভেম্বর ২০১৪, সাতক্ষীরার শ্যামনগর উপজেলার বুড়িগোয়ালিনী ইউনিয়ন পরিষদে অনুষ্ঠিত হবে 'কৃষি উদ্ভাবনী মেলা ২০১৪'। মেলায় স্থানীয় তিনটি কৃষকেরা দেখাবেন জলবায়ূ পরিবর্তনের সাথে খাপ খাইয়ে নিতে তারা কী ধরনের কৌশল অবলম্বন ক...