Mangroves for the Future newsletter October 2015

MFF Newsletter, October 2015

This newsletter is published by Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. 

Feature story

Revitalizing Demak's coasts through community action and local government support

A project in Demak Regency in Indonesia has harnessed the enthusiasm of community groups and the local government in nurturing mangroves in the coastal village of Wedung, showing how small grant projects can have broad and lasting impacts.



Focus on gender equality

Men and women both play fundamental roles for successful conservation and sustainable development initiatives. MFF ensures that gender equality is a major consideration in programme planning.

Spotlight on Sri Lanka

Since its inception in 2006, MFF has been active in Sri Lanka by supporting enhanced community participation in coastal area management, such as through the following projects in Jaffna and Delft.


Building resilience must be a priority in Asia >>

The 6th IUCN Regional Conservation Forum, which brought together the Union's more than 250 Members in Asia, concluded last August 12. MFF was featured in two side events.

Conserving Indonesia's mangroves could mitigate climate change >>

Conserving the effective carbon sinks of mangroves could reduce 10-31% of annual land-use emissions in Indonesia, scientists say.

People and projects

Journey from waste to art

Mariyam Leen, an 8th grade student from Maldives, demonstrates how community awareness can be achieved through creativity and passion for the environment.

Read the story >>       Watch the video >>

Q & A

How is gender equality integrated into Mangroves for the Future projects?

As part of its resilience approach to coastal management, MFF strongly focuses on gender responsive project planning. All members of the MFF implementation team are expected to be knowledgeable and skilled in the gender integrated planning process in order to be able to facilitate that process with national partners on the ground. This knowledge will ensure that project monitoring and reporting connect to gender responsive planning and programme implementation.

The MFF Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Gender Integration sets out the principles and approaches for gender integration in the Mangroves for the Future programme.



Leaders for Nature India Master Class on coastal and marine biodiversity >>

Leaders for Nature India, a network of sustainability-minded business in Asia, collaborated with MFF to conduct a master class highlighting coastal issues in India.

The aim of the master class was to work towards a government-business-community alliance for on-the-ground action for conservation of the marine environment in the country’s east coast.

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Photo credits, top to bottom: LGF Indonesia, IUCN, IUCN, IUCN/Dario Pignatelli, MFF. Screen captures were taken from the UNDP and MFF Youtube channels.