Focus Areas and Objectives


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Since its conceptualization, MFF was founded on the vision, "Healthy coastal ecosystems for a more prosperous and secure future for coastal communities."

The vision was supported by a mission statement, "To promote healthy coastal ecosystems through a partnership-based, people focused and policy relevant approach that builds and applies knowledge, empowers communities and other stakeholders, enhances governance, secures livelihoods, and increases resilience to natural hazards and climate change."

MFF has demonstrated that the regional priorities shared by most of MFF's member countries concern coastal rehabilitation, livelihood support, resilience-building and empowerment, with climate change as a key cross-cutting issue.

Reflecting the growing concern about natural disasters and climate change in the Asia region, MFF's goal (outcome objective), "Resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities strengthened," is addressed by three objectives, each supported by three focus areas:

Output Objective 1: Knowledge generated, disseminated and applied for sustainable management of coastal ecosystems

  • Strengthening information base
  • Enhancing access to and sharing of knowledge at national and regional levels
  • Promoting effective use of knowledge including best practices

Output Objective 2: Key stakeholders empowered to engage in decision-making in support of sustainable management of coastal ecosystems

  • Building awareness and capacity of civil society and private sector
  • Supporting multi-stakeholder fora
  • Promoting sustainable livelihoods

Output Objective 3Coastal governance enhanced to promote integrated and inclusive management

  • Strengthening capacity of national and regional governance institutions for integrated coastal management
  • Engaging with key business sectors to promote sustainable business practices
  • Promoting co-management and similar participatory natural resource management mechanisms


Gender and climate change were introduced as cross cutting issues in 2006; property rights and resource tenure, as well as conflict sensitivity, are added as cross cutting issues beginning 2014.