Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation


Restoration of coastal ecosystems and rebuilding the lives of affected local communities received much attention in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Conscious efforts from a wide range of sectors thereafter have contributed to bringing about positive changes in the management of impacted coastal areas. This has produced a large body of information at institutional and individual levels to be shared and utilized.

MFF believes that effective knowledge management, sharing of best practices and lessons learnt will play a valuable role in translating accurate knowledge into meaningful action.

To "build back better.." the vital link between coastal ecosystems and human livelihoods, MFF embraces a people-centered approach that creates opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and resilient communities. This approach is hinged on a philosophy of effective lesson learning and well informed planning process.

To realize its overarching goals of sustainable coastal management, MFF employs a robust monitoring mechanism. The MFF Monitoring Learning and Evaluation (MLE) process is designed for systematic collection of information, demonstrating results and capturing lessons learnt. Its analytical and adaptive nature allows real time feedback and enables emerging trends to be accommodated into the MFF plan.


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Programmes of WorkActions/OutputsContribution to results
5. Learning from evaluation of the environmental effects of coastal management initiatives, including the post-tsunami response
  1. Region-wide evaluation of environmental impacts of the post-tsunami reconstruction process, efforts at ecosystem restoration, and review of funding to environmental activities.

  2. Development of consolidated methods and networks for environmental/ecosystem monitoring and evaluation and their application to ongoing programmes of coastal reconstruction, development and ecosystem conservation, including their application to all activities carried out under MFF.

  3. Dissemination and ongoing sharing of practical and policy relevant findings and recommendations of environmental evaluation post-tsunami, including lessons learned and identified priorities for future action.

  4. Targeted review of the impacts of the tsunami on women’s use and management of the environment for livelihoods.
  • More effective institutions and mechanisms for cooperation in coastal ecosystem management

  • Safe space and constrictive dialogue for discussing sensitive issues

  • More efficient and effective impact and use of resources to support environmentally sustainable coastal development at the regional level

  • Increased and more effective investment of funds in coastal ecosystem management

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