Mangroves for the Future (MFF), the partnership-based regional initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems provides a unique regional platform for concerted action in support of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM), using mangroves as the entry point and focus. MFF addresses the cross-cutting issues of climate change, gender, communications, capacity development, and private sector engagement in support of MFF programmes of work.
MFF is supporting countries which are interested in learning from MFF and even of joining MFF as full members via a modest outreach programme. The outreach however is limited to providing advice, information-sharing, and in some cases technical assistance and limited financial support to develop National Coordinating Bodies (NCBs) and National Strategy and Action Plans (NSAPs) to priority countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Timor- Leste.
Bangladesh joined the initiative as a dialogue country during the MFF Phase 1 (2007-09) which was mainly a consultative, inception period towards full implementation. In the MFF Phase 2 (2010-2013) proposal, Bangladesh has been included with priority for the outreach programme.
Currently, IUCN Bangladesh Country as the National Secretariat is supporting the National Coordinating Body to implement MFF outreach activities in Bangladesh. One of the key areas of outreach support is capacity building of professionals working for coastal development in Bangladesh.
Contact for participating:
1. Ms. Marufa Sultana, Gender Focal Point, IUCN Bangladesh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2. Ms. Mariam Jamila, Jr. Professional Associate, MFF outreach Bangladesh <email@example.com>
Girls and Women; Force of Resilience, Bangladesh Sundarbans © MFF/Thouhidur Rahman, 2012