The countries around the Indian Ocean and their low lying coastal zones are among the most vulnerable to impacts of environmental stresses. These stresses can be local, regional or global. Around the Indian Ocean rim, activities like port development, urban infrastructures and industries are destroying natural biomes like mangroves, estuaries and wetlands. These water bodies are not only sources of livelihoods for coastal communities but are also homes to thousands of species of plant and animals.
A big cause of concern for the health of coastal ecosystems is the increase in human activity along the coastal zones. However, it is increasingly becoming evident that human activities carried out in further inland areas bear significant impacts on the health of coastal ecosystems. Simply put, activities carried out upstream bear consequences downstream. Agriculture, irrigation, fertilizer and pesticide use, deforestation in the hills, building of dams etc. ultimately end up affecting overall coastal ecosystem health.
MFF brings this knowledge and understanding in its “reef to ridge” approach to help implementing bodies in taking far-sighted decisions. Via “reef to ridge”, MFF stresses on the need to address coastal ecosystem management at a broader level. It highlights the need for an inclusive approach in developing policies where coastal and inland planners and managers are associated by a knowledge bridge.
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|3. Providing decision support for ‘reef-to-ridge’ approaches to land and resource management
Mangroves for the Future by UNDPRCB © IUCN, UNDP
With the support of the UN Office for the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, IUCN has led the initial development of the initiative "Mangroves for the Future: A Strategy for Promoting Investment in Coastal Ecosystem Conservation." Launched in September 2005, the Initiative aims to address the need for better regional and national coordination as well as the need for sustained investment in coastal ecosystem management. The initiative involves collaboration between multiple partners, including government agencies, NGOs and CBOs, research institutes and universities, UN agencies and other multilateral bodies. Mangroves for the Future involves countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Thailand. The video was presented at the donor roundtable discussion held on 12 September 2006 in New York.
Kochi, India 28 Oct 2013
Representatives from more than 12 countries attended a Regional Fisheries Symposium from October 28 to 30 in Kochi, India with the goal of exploring ecosystem-based approaches to protecting fisheries and marine biodivers...