What we do :: Focus Areas and Objectives
Since its conceptualization, MFF was founded on the vision, "Healthy coastal ecosystems for a more prosperous and secure future for coastal communities."
The vision was supported by a mission statement, "To promote healthy coastal ecosystems through a partnership-based, people focused and policy relevant approach that builds and applies knowledge, empowers communities and other stakeholders, enhances governance, secures livelihoods, and increases resilience to natural hazards and climate change."
MFF has demonstrated that the regional priorities shared by most of MFF's member countries concern coastal rehabilitation, livelihood support, resilience-building and empowerment, with climate change as a key cross-cutting issue.
Reflecting the growing concern about natural disasters and climate change in the Asia region, MFF's goal (outcome objective), "Resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities strengthened," is addressed by three objectives, each supported by three focus areas:
Output Objective 1: Knowledge generated, disseminated and applied for sustainable management of coastal ecosystems
Output Objective 2: Key stakeholders empowered to engage in decision-making in support of sustainable management of coastal ecosystems
Output Objective 3: Coastal governance enhanced to promote integrated and inclusive management
Gender and climate change were introduced as cross cutting issues in 2006; property rights and resource tenure, as well as conflict sensitivity, are added as cross cutting issues beginning 2014.