Bangladesh formed its National Coordinating Body for Mangroves for the Future initiative and initiated the consultation process for preparing a draft National Strategy and Action Plan for MFF. IUCN Bangladesh worked closely with Bangladesh Forest Department and MFF Secretariat to make this possible.
Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment in the sustainable development of coastal ecosystems.
The goal is to conserve, restore and sustainably manage coastal ecosystems as key natural infrastructure that supports human well-being and security.
The initiative provides a unique regional platform for concerted action in support of integrated coastal management, which includes all coastal ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs, estuaries, beaches, and wetlands).
MFF has adopted mangroves as its flagship ecosystem in recognition of the important role that mangrove forests played in reducing the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the severe effect on coastal livelihoods caused by the loss and degradation of mangroves.
The initiative, launched in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, initially focused on the worst-affected countries, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and recently expanded to include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.
Participation in MFF will help Bangladesh to improve the development and management of its coastal areas.
The initiative implements actions guided by three main objectives:
• Improve, share and apply knowledge
• Strengthen Integrated Coastal Management institutions and empower civil society
• Enhance coastal governance at all levels.
These objectives are designed to strengthen sustainable use of coastal resources and build resilience to the growing threats from climate change and natural disasters.
MFF in Bangladesh
Bangladesh joined MFF as an outreach country in 2010 and is working towards becoming a member with the assistance of IUCN Bangladesh. National representatives regularly participate in MFF regional events and attend regional steering committee meetings as observers.
IUCN Bangladesh worked closely with the Forest Department to:
- Prepare a scoping report of sustainable coastal zone management in Bangladesh.
- Form a national coordination body to oversee MFF activities in the country
- Prepare a national strategy and action plan to create opportunities for the sustainable management of coastal areas.
- Ensure participation of the national representatives at the regional event of MFF
The project was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)