2012 was an eventful year for MFF.
MFF Pakistan graciously hosted the 9th MFF Regional Steering Committee (RSC 9) meeting in Karachi which highlighted the issues and challenges in coastal management in member countries. The RSC also endorsed a "Call For Action" that emerged from a MFF Regional Colloquium on Mangrove restoration successfully hosted by India earlier in the year.
MFF is growing. One of the biggest highlights of the year for MFF was Bangladesh becoming a full member country. With Bangladesh on board, MFF now operates in nine member countries. MFF is also very pleased to welcome DANIDA as a new donor partner.
The MFF RSC-9 stressed the importance of regional cooperation and the role private sector can play in coastal conservation and sustainable development. Through its "Coast Action" initiative, MFF is forging a private sector led network for coastal conservation.
A number of important international events like the IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea and the 11th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in India gave MFF a valuable opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas among practitioners and the world at large on sustainable development of coastal communities. Do check our news links below for those stories and more.
As we make our way into 2013, MFF is committed to ensure that actions on the ground will continue to make positive contributions towards encouraging civil society participation, and uniting peoples' voices for meaningful coastal conservation efforts.
Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year,
Mangroves For The Future
2nd Postgraduate Certificate Course on Integrated Coastal Management
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Bangkok, Thailand