How we work

MFF is policy-relevant, people-focused, partnership-based and investment-orientated


Regional governance

The implementation of MFF’s action plan and overall progress towards its goal are monitored by the Regional Steering Committee (RSC). This multi-stakeholder body is co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, with representatives from MFF’s member country governments: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam; and MFF’s institutional partners: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Wetlands International. The donor community, Danida, Sida, and Norad, also sit at the RSC. The Regional Steering Committee meets once a year.


The MFF Secretariat, based in Bangkok, Thailand, works closely with the RSC, the National Coordinating Body (NCB) in each country, and the country offices of IUCN and UNDP to ensure the smooth running of the initiative.

The main functions of the Secretariat include providing administrative and managerial support and technical backstopping to the NCBs and projects. In addition, the Secretariat facilitates a knowledge platform for generating, managing and sharing information where learning, best practices and innovations are documented and disseminated effectively.

National governance

The mandate for coordinating and overseeing MFF’s national activities lies with the NCB in each member country, which acts in coordination with existing national mechanisms for managing coastal areas.


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