This newsletter is published by Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a unique partner-led initiative, co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development.
In the Maldives, women are receiving training in home-based income-generating activities through an MFF project. In this opinion editorial published on International Women’s Day, Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia, shares the story of Leena, a mother of three, who actively helps provide for her family while playing an important role in building ecosystem resilience.
Through its National Coordinating Body, MFF Pakistan is supporting the process of declaring Astola Island, a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles, a Marine Protected Area. One of the activities includes undertaking a situational analysis of the island in collaboration with the Pakistan Navy.
the support of a project in Bangladesh that is installing fuel-efficient
cookstoves in households, women like Beauty Das are using less wood. This allows them to save more money and play an important role in
combating climate change.
A project in Indonesia is empowering communities and enhancing resilience of coastal ecosystems by rehabilitating mangroves, raising awareness about conserving vital ecosystems and conducting capacity building activities that are helping to generate additional income.
Once a model island for waste management practices, Ukulhas, located 40 miles south of Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is now also known for teaching women alternative sustainable livelihood activities such as controlled irrigation and shade house farming. With these new skills, the women are able to cultivate vegetable crops and become entrepreneurs.
A waste management system, developed
by MFF in collaboration
with Red Productions movie studio in 2015, is helping keep Faresmaathoda Island in the Maldives clean. Through the rehabilitation of old waste management infrastructures and the formulation of waste policies by local community members, dumpsites have been transformed into roads and parks.
celebrate World Wetlands Day, MFF launched a photo book that captures the spirit of it's 10-year investments in three Thai provinces. The visually stunning book also gives us a glimpse into the lives of people that rely on coastal ecosystems for their survival.
This article, published in VIV Asia Digital Magazine, reports on how IUCN's Mangroves and Markets project is helping train shrimp farmers in certified organic shrimp production, while ensuring the conservation of mangrove ecosystems in Viet Nam.
This media piece on the construction of a hatchery that promises to give a boost to the sea cucumber industry in Sri Lanka cites a study funded by MFF.
Joint Donor meeting
This meeting provides MFF donors with programme updates and determines coordination mechanisms to improve the synergies between MFF activities, donor activities and country work programmes.
Management Committee meeting
Held once a year, the Management Committee meeting focuses on reviewing progress on follow-up to annual Regional Steering Committee decisions, and ensuring effective management and timely implementation of the MFF Programme.