Story | 05 Oct, 2018

Mangroves For the Future video: A look back

IUCN Asia and Mangroves for the Future (MFF) have produced a video showcasing MFF’s growth and impact in Asia. This video was recently premiered at the 15th meeting of the MFF Regional Steering Committee that took place in Bali, Indonesia, at the end of September. It begins with an animation that describes how the programme has evolved over the years, followed by a series of short stories on the ground, featuring remarkable individuals and groups and the projects that MFF has helped support.

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Early stages of mangrove growth, Thailand

Photo: Ana Grillo

Following the devastation of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, IUCN and UNDP recognised the vital link between healthy coastal ecosystems – especially mangroves and coral reefs – and the resilience of coastal communities to natural disaster. Their joint initiative, MFF, is now at the end of its third phase.

Since 2006, MFF has been at the forefront of sustainable coastal resource management in Asia.

So far, MFF has brought together over 300 Members in 11 countries, from government agencies to grassroots civil society groups. These Members are strengthening the resilience of communities whose lives and livelihoods depend on coastal resources.

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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.