Around the world, every day, coastal zones and mangroves provide natural resources and services to local people in the form of food and income. In Southeast Asia it is believed that reef based fisheries alone generate incomes of nearly 4 billion dollars per year. In Thailand for example, according to a study done by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the value of mangroves has been estimated to 3.5 million dollars per sq. km per year. Protection of coastal ecosystems and mangroves thus becomes important not only from an ecological standpoint but also makes good economic sense.
There is growing recognition that mangroves and other coastal ecosystems should be valued in monetary terms as assets that can yield repeated economic benefits. While the roles of industries like fisheries and tourism on coastal economies are well known, their contributions to national economies and inter-linkages with livelihoods of people and poverty reduction is still poorly understood.
As the global community becomes more aware about coastal ecosystems and their economic value, it is important to promote investment in their conservation and management. MFF seeks to address this subject by expanding and improving upon the knowledge base surrounding coastal ecosystems and economy. It works to ensure that these values are built into developmental plans and policies of countries and regions. MFF promotes this idea by developing tools that help find better ways to use coastal ecosystem resources.
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|4. Integrating coastal ecosystem economic values into development planning and appraisal||
Krida Wana Lestari as one of grantee for MFF Indonesia phase-2, Bogor, West Java & Kampung Laut, Cilacap, Sentral Java, Indonesia © MFF Indonesia & Krida Wana Lestari@2012, 2012
This is short movie about the Small Grants Fund project selection process for MFF Indonesia phase-2. Krida Wana represented by Mr. Wahyono (Head)) and Ms. Utami (Sarinah Center) has explained their proposal concept during the PCM Training on 14-15 May 2012. NCB Indonesia did the field verification at Kampung Laut, Cilacap. Krida Wana was then selected as grantee for MFF Indonesia phase-2 . They will run the project until April 2013. (8months)
Colombo, Sri Lanka 24 Feb - 25 Feb 2015
This internal workshop provides a learning opportunity to MFF National Coordinators and young researchers of Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, hands on training to understand the economics of valuing ...
Kochi, India 28 Oct - 30 Oct 2013
In light of the concerns for coastal fisheries, MFF held a regional expert meeting to explore ecosystems based approaches to management and conservation of fisheries and marine biodiversity in the Asia Region. The sympos...