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MFF Newsletter, November 2016

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 For The Future – Contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


To celebrate International Mangroves Day, Mangroves for the Future released a multimedia story showcasing its achievements and efforts across 11 countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Nature for all: Converging to save the planet

In this opinion editorial published in the Bangkok Post and Eco-business, Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director of IUCN Asia, urges world leaders and conservation experts to work together and find solutions to the threats posed by climate change.The article highlights initiatives like MFF which collaborates with multiple stakeholders and demonstrates how nature-based solutions can effectively support sustainable development.


News and Events

MFF holds 13th Regional Steering Committee meeting


Hosted by the MFF Bangladesh Secretariat and the Ministry of the Environment and Forests, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, MFF's 13th Regional Steering Committee meeting was held in Cox’s Bazar on 25 and 26 October to assess the programme’s achievements over the past year and discuss plans for the years ahead.

IUCN and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity collaboration to boost ASEAN's conservation efforts


IUCN and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity are strengthening ties to support ASEAN countries in achieving their biodiversity targets through a new Memorandum of Understanding. The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity was formally welcomed as MFF's newest institutional partner at the 13th Regional Steering Committee meeting.

Social Empowerment: Foundation for effective governance of natural resources


Many of MFF's Small Grant Facility projects focus on social empowerment. A learning event held in conjunction with the 13th MFF Regional Steering Committee meeting aimed at exploring examples of MFF's successful social empowerment initiatives.

Thailand: Where (mangrove) trees thrive, birds prosper


A bird was found nesting in one of the mangrove trees planted in front of the Marriott Executive Apartments, symbolising a fruitful three-year partnership between IUCN, MFF and Marriott Hotels & Resorts to support coastal communities and mangrove restoration efforts in Thailand.

IUCN and Oxfam enhance gender integration in the lower Mekong

Gender integration in water governance policies received a boost in the Lower Mekong Region through a recent workshop held in Cambodia. The event provided a platform for knowledge-sharing and dialogue for over 50 representatives from government and civil society organisations across Cambodia, Viet Nam, Myanmar and Lao PDR.

India: Bridging the gap between dolphin tourism and conservation


Ecotourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism, and has the potential to drive changing attitudes towards wildlife conservation. Through a training course organised by IUCN, MFF and WWF, 40 boat owners and drivers were introduced to sustainable dolphin-watching guidelines.

People and Projects

Gender equity and participatory development: Portrait of a pioneer

Indra Kertati is a driving force behind community coastal conservation projects in rural Indonesia. As the director of an Indonesian NGO, Indra recognises the importance of mangroves, and working with the local community as well as the government to ensure improved environmental management practices.

Mangrove education as a basis of ecology and economy in Indonesia

A project in Banyuglugur village, Indonesia is aiming at increasing the income generating capacity of a women’s group by educating them about utilising mangrove ecosystem resources. The project also aims to raise awareness among 100 elementary students, and the local community about mangrove rehabilitation and livelihood activities.

External Stories

Building back better with value-added research in Sri Lanka  

This article, originally published in The Sunday Times highlights how the MFF Small Grant Facility platform allowed the Department of Chemistry at the University of Jaffna to support development efforts in the Jaffna lagoon in Sri Lanka.

Blog: Can science benefit both mud crabs and local fishers in the Sundarbans?  

In this blog, Mahatub Khan Badhon, a research assistant at IUCN Bangladesh, showcases the crucial role science plays in the sustainable management of mud crabs in the Sundarbans. The article draws on a five-day trip facilitated by MFF Bagladesh during which researchers and stakeholders were interviewed about the mud crab industry and the social and financial issues faced by marginal fishers.

Did You Know? 

Estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. They occur when saline water mixes with freshwater, forming brackish water.

Estuaries are often called the 'nurseries of the sea' because many species of fish and wildlife use their sheltered waters as spawning grounds. They are home to diverse plants and animal species adapted to salty conditions that rely on the micro-organisms and plant matter found only in brackish bodies of water.

Learn more about estuaries in the Lagoons and Estuaries document published recently by IUCN Sri Lanka.


22 - 24 Nov

Responsible Business Forum

The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development in Singapore will bring together business leaders, NGOs and policy-makers from around Southeast Asia to discuss commitments and policy recommendations to increase sustainability across seven sectors including agriculture, forestry and energy. MFF will be presenting how its work contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, at the event.

23 - 24 Nov

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) New Tourism Frontiers Forum

The PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum will take place in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Under the theme 'Designing a sustainable tourism brand - an integrative approach to building a responsible coastal destination', the event will tackle topics that include sustainable coastal and marine tourism. MFF will be participating in a session on rethinking sustainable coastal and marine tourism development.

Photos and Videos Gallery

"We need to banish the word 'later' from our dictionary."

Raquibul Amin, Operations Manager at MFF, shares one of the key take-home messages he got from the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Who has inspired you the most at the IUCN World Conservation Congress?

Maeve Nightingale, Capacity Development Manager for MFF answers.

Highlights of the MFF 13th Regional Steering Committee meeting

View pictures of the event attended by representatives from MFF's institutional partners as well as 11 member countries. 

Photo credits, top to bottom, left to right: © Ana Grillo, © IUCN Maldives, © MFF Thailand, © Nathisha attrom/MFF Thailand, © Enamul Mazid Khan Siddique/IUCN Bangladesh, © Angela Joehl Cadena/IUCN, © OXFAM, © IUCN/WWF India, © Indra Kertati, © P3M UNTAG, © Kumudini Ekaratne/IUCN © Garth Cripps/Blue Ventures, © MFF, © MFF, © MFF, © Akash Muntasir/IUCN Bangladesh