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MFF Newsletter, January 2018

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. 

Feature Stories

Mangroves against the storm


Photo story: By digging their roots into tropical shores, mangroves not only defend against rising tides and extreme weather, but have the potential to change the storm itself. IUCN takes you on a visual journey through these incredible ecosystems, and describes how programmes like MFF are contributing to mangrove restoration.

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Safe haven in safe hands


Photo story: In the Maldives, land scarcity is taking a toll on mangroves, large portions of which have been cleared to build houses, airports and resorts. With the support of Mangroves for the Future, the Maldivian National University implemented a project to shed light on the economic value of mangroves, in support of efforts to protect mangrove forests.

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Mangroves and REDD+: A new component of MFF

Mangroves for the Future has initiated a new component, supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, aimed at including mangrove forests more consistently into national Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) strategies and processes.

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People and Projects
(Stories of change developed following the IUCN Strategic Communications for Conservation Workshop)

Planning for the future of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary

MFF, together with the Department of Coastal and Marine Conservation of the Ministry of Environment, Cambodia and provincial authorities, have developed a management plant to conserve and protect the Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary’s mangroves support the needs and livelihoods of almost 10,000 people who live in the area.

Beyond frontiers – Engaging the Pakistan Navy in coastal governance

From the Pakistan Navy’s initial engagement with MFF in 2011, the partnership has grown to see the Navy pledge to plant a million mangrove saplings in 2017, and to support the designation of Pakistan’s first Marine Protected Area, paving the way for further cooperation between civil society and government organisations in the future.

Youths unite for sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka

In northern Sri Lanka, a local NGO called Green Movement Sri Lanka initiated a programme, supported by MFF, to build the capacity of young adults to diversify their livelihood options, and to facilitate and boost sustainable tourism activities in Mannar district.

Certified organic: A new prawn paradigm in Bangladesh


To motivate farmers to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, local NGO Shushilan and Mostafa Organic Shrimp Products Ltd., a local business, partnered with MFF to implement a project that trained farmers in integrated mangrove shrimp-farming methods. This approach provided higher economic returns compared to farms in areas where mangroves had been cleared.

Publications/Communications products

The evolution of MFF

This poster outlines the evolution of MFF and the inclusion of the new REDD+ component into the programme. It was developed for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)'s 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23), and was showcased on 14 November at the 'Promoting Coastal Blue Carbon Ecosystems' event.

MFF in the Media

Seminar discusses sustainable Vu Gia-Thu Bon hydropower network

IUCN and MFF recently participated in an international seminar on sustainable hydropower development of the Vu Gia-Thu Bon river basin and Quang Nam-Da Nang coastline, in Hoi An city.

Read more on Talk Vietnam

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

World Tourism Day 2017 was celebrated in Phuket for the first time ever on 27 September, 2017 with a range of activities that promoted the theme of ‘Sustainable Tourism’. Organized by Marriott Thailand Business Council together with IUCN, the event featured sustainably-sourced black crabs from a former MFF project.

Read more on Destination Thailand News

Upcoming Events

28 Jan - 3 FebCapacity development and field visit to conduct gender analysisBangladesh
Feb 2 World Wetlands DayGlobal
Feb 4 Bike and Run for DolphinsThailand
Feb 5 Myanmar National Coastal Resource Management Committee advisory meetingMyanmar
March 3 World Wildlife DayGlobal

March 4

Forest Landscape Restoration forum with RECOFTC


March 14

International Day of Action for Rivers


March 21

International Day of Forests


March 22

World Water Day


March 24

Earth Hour


Video Gallery

Nature Talks

In this new "1 min. Nature Talks" video series produced by IUCN Asia, hear what Alex McWilliam, Mangroves for the Future Programme Manager, has to say about the REDD+ initiative and what it means for MFF.

Raquibul Amin, Country Representative for IUCN Bangladesh and former Mangroves for the Future Programme Manager, also tells us what the Resilience Analysis Protocol is and why it's critical to the success of a project.

Photo credits, top to bottom, left to right: © Shutterstock, © UNDP Maldives, © Ana Grillo, © Kumudini Ekaratne, © Shushilan, © IUCN Cambodia, © IUCN Pakistan, © MFF, © Nhan Dan, © Destination Thailand, © Dawn Online, © IUCN Asia, © IUCN Asia