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.
Just a week after the World Oceans Day opinion editorial was published, the government of Pakistan took up a motion passed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 to make Astola Island an MPA. This new development brings Pakistan one step closer to meeting Aichi target 11 under the Convention on Biological Diversity, which requires 10% of coastal and marine areas to be officially protected by 2020.
Read about how MFF and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), another grant-making facility, are using sustainable tourism – this year's International Day for Biological Diversity theme – to pave the way for a more sustainable future.
To celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity, MFF and IUCN Bangladesh organised an event in Dhaka to highlight the importance of biodiversity conservation in both sustainable tourism and economic growth. The event was attended by high-level representatives from both the public and private sectors, including tour companies.
MFF is currently operating in 11 countries to strengthen existing MPAs and support the establishment of new ones, to bring members together to learn from one another and to analyse the resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities. Here are some stories from Viet Nam, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
With help from MFF's Small Grants facility, children living in the shadow of the 'golden mountain' in Trat province, Thailand, are leading their communities to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous future.
Across the border in Cambodia, a similar project is being undertaken, this time to reduce water pollution.
Understanding that communities are the key to sustainability, MFF grantee RECOFTC writes about how integrated coastal management and private sector solutions must support grassroots enterprises if they want to be effective.
At the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management Conference in Sweden, MFF highlighted its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly SDG 14: Life Below Water. At the UN Ocean Conference the following month, IUCN Regional Director Aban Marker Kabraji spoke on behalf of MFF about the importance of nature-based solutions for develop-ment planning.
“In forging ahead, IUCN sees not merely threats, but opportunities, in particular in working with nature to address some of our biggest sustainable development challenges.”
At the UN Ocean Conference in New York City, IUCN Global Director of Programme and Policy, Dr Cyriaque Sendashonga, stressed the need to strengthen partnerships, through programmes like MFF, in order to deliver concrete results.
In a special edition of Wetland Science, a collection of case studies compiled by Springer Journals, a chapter is dedicated to interventions undertaken in 2013 by MFF and the Forest Department of West Bengal, India, to conserve the Sundarbans through institutional and infrastructural changes.
Co-chaired by IUCN, MFF and the Stimson Center, the U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues will bring together 40-50 marine experts from think tanks, academia, the private sector, NGOs and governmental organisations from ASEAN member countries, the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
MFF's 14th Regional Steering Committee meeting will be held in Yangon, Myanmar from 28 to 29 September. The annual meeting of MFF partners and donors will assess 2017 achievements and discuss MFF's sustainability strategy. The National Coordinators' meeting will be held on 2 October.