Spotlight on food security in Asia

29 September 2011 | Article

People centered and partnership based solutions were the focus of discussions on food security and coastal conservation during a side session at the 5th Asia Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) in Incheon, Korea.

The 5th Asia RCF brought together participants, practitioners and experts to share achievements and lessons learned from coastal programs across Asia, including Mangroves for the Future.

Good practices in relation to coastal ecosystem management were presented, and compared across the multiple objectives for coastal management: food security, poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation, education and recreation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Presenters from Thailand, Viet Nam, Philippines, India, East Africa and Japan outlined approaches used by local communities to ensure the sustainability of their natural resources. Initiatives included local fishing cooperatives where the members create their own rules and regulations to manage their fish reserves.

In many of the countries participating in Mangroves for the Future, coastal wetlands provide essential food and livelihood security for millions of coastal dwellers.  Providing for these basic human needs, while still ensuring that coastal ecosystems remain healthy and able to sustain the rich biodiversity that also depends on them is a major challenge in coastal area management.

Mangroves for the Future is a partnership-based initiative promoting investments in coastal ecosystems that support sustainable development. Mangroves for the Future provides a collaborative platform for the many countries, sectors and agencies tackling the challenges to coastal ecosystem conservation and livelihood sustainability and is helping them to work towards a common goal.