This project forms a component of the Mangroves for the Future Initiative (MFF), a multicountry, multi-sector programme involving tsunami-affected countries of the Indian Ocean. It addresses the second Programme of Work specified under MFF: designing ecologically and socioeconomically sound coastal ecosystem rehabilitation and facilitates coastal ecosystem rehabilitation and conservation activities in critically degraded and threatened ecosystems in tsunami-affected countries of the Indian Ocean.
It operates in two of the six focal countries of MFF (India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, which were among the worst-affected nations in the December 26 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami). In these two countries, two pilot sites were selected from a range of coastal ecosystems.
The core focus of the project is to undertake concrete investments in measures to conserve and renovate ecosystems which have been damaged and degraded severely, and to thereby restore their biodiversity and provision of ecological services. The project is founded on a participatory approach which involves, benefits and coordinates the multiple stakeholders who depend or impact on coastal ecosystems in the pilot sites.
The intended beneficiaries of the project are local stakeholders who live in coastal areas, depend on or are impacted by natural ecosystem status, and whose actions in turn influence local ecological and socioeconomic conditions.