Mangroves for the Future at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

The MFF regional secretariat along with MFF country staff will be presenting at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i from 1 - 10 September.

An elevated walking path through the mangrove forest of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia.

The Congress brings together people from all over the world to discuss and develop solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability issues. It provides an opportunity for participants to learn new strategies and gain inspiration, share knowledge and expertise, network and build new partnerships, and influence new policies by engaging decision-makers.

 MFF will be presenting at the Congress Forum -a hub of public debate, where government officials, business leaders, representatives from indigenous groups and civil society organisations, including scientists, academics and educators will be able to explore the depths of conservation and innovation through events such as high-level dialogues and training workshops.

The sessions are as follows:   

1.    Closing the gap: Enhancing data, analysis and awareness for gender equality and environmental sustainability

3 September, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Room 319 B

In this workshop, Maeve Nightingale, Capacity Development Manager and gender focal point for MFF, will be providing input on how MFF incorporates gender into the resilience analysis process for collecting sound gender-disaggregated data in priority geographic sites. The workshop is organised as a panel discussion which will illustrate how existing knowledge can effectively inform national gender and environment policies.

For more gender-related events visit this link

2.    An integrated fisheries farming approach to addressing food security and poverty alleviation in coastal India

5 September, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Screen 2

In this poster session, Nisha Maria D’Souza, Small Grants Officer, MFF India aims to showcase an integrated fisheries farming model that has successfully contributed towards increasing livelihood security of the coastal Yenadi tribe in India.

3.    Scaling up nature-based solutions for adaptation and building resilience: Linking practice and policies

5 September, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Room 312

In this session, Raquibul Amin, MFF Senior Operations Manager will be sharing learnings from the field on how to use nature-based solutions for adaptation and resilience-building and mainstreaming them into policies. 

4.    Seagrass for its worth

5 September, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Screen 6

In this poster session, Nisha Maria D’Souza, Small Grants Officer, MFF India aims to convey the results of a valuation study on seagrass in Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu, and its contribution towards policy, and community-based management of the ecosystem.


Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partnership-based regional initiative which promotes investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF focuses on the role that healthy, well-managed coastal ecosystems play in building the resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The initiative uses mangroves as a flagship ecosystem, but MFF is inclusive of all types of coastal ecosystem, such as coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, sandy beaches, sea grasses and wetlands. MFF is co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, and is funded by Danida, Norad, and Sida and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Thailand.


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