Mangroves for the Future


 Mangroves in some islands helped minimize the deadly effects of tsunami of 2004 acting as a buffer against the force. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2012.

The Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative is a strategic and long term response to the continued degradation of coastal ecosystems threatening the livelihoods and security of coastal communities throughout the Indian Ocean Region.

MFF continues to work towards achieving the vision of a healthier, more prosperous and secure future for all coastal communities. Although the programme has adopted mangroves as its flagship ecosystem, MFF embraces all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, wetlands, beaches and sea grass beds.

The MFF Maldives Strategy and Action

The MFF Maldives runs its programme in two tiers. At a regional level the Maldives ahd implemented four projects from 2012-2013. At a national level, MFF runs its Small Grants Facility (SGF) projects, and Medium Grant. Currently, the Maldives in Cycle 5 of its Small grant.

Current Programme Structure

The MFF programme in the Maldives has two major components namely the NCB activities that can range from activities such as scientific forums to supporting national institutions to develop management plans for protection of mangrove areas. The second component of the programme is its small grant programme where Civil Society organizations are provided funding to address the development and sustainability challenges in their communities.   

MFF’s work in Maldives is overseen by a National Coordination Body (NCB Maldives), which is composed of members from a range of governmental departments and inter-governmental organizations. A National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) guides the work of the NCB. The NSAP is developed through wide consultations between the relevant government and non-governmental institutions for a period of 2 years, ensuring that changes in the policies are captured when the NSAP is revised. It provides an opportunity for implementation of ICM for island ecosystems to test and develop models in parallel with the national ICM programme. Priority geographic area for Maldives and MFF small grant prorgramme is Huvadhoo Atoll based on national findings.

In addition to the Small Grant initiative where NGOs and CSOs are provided funding to peruse projects to address issues related to sustainability the prohramme also implements several other activities to promote coastal governance in the Maldives.

Our Work

 waste management is a serious issue in the maldives and MFF projects have addressed this in the past. Photo: Mohamed Inaz 2011.

Current Project 2017:

Red Production: Promoting locally effective solutions to waste management in G.Dh. Faresmathoda and G. Dh Vaadhoo in order to reduce environmental impacts                          

Maldives Authentic Crafts Cooperative Society (MACCS); Strengthening market links for sustainable Hau cultivation and conservation of the marshland in G. Dh. Fiyori                 

Hoededhoo Island Developemnt Society (HIDS): Establish a Proper Management of Waste Collection and Transportation in 2 Population Centers

Our Results: 


  • A Resilience Analysis was conducted in Huvadhoo Atoll to understand the prominent developmental and environmental challenges. Through the resilience analysis the MFF small grant programme was streamlined with the needs of the local communities with hopes of addressing the challenges they face
  • Two Small Grants were awarded during 2015.
  • The grant awarded to Red Production demonstrated several successes on waste management in the island of Faresmtahoda including establishing of a governance system and working towards systemic management of solid waste in the island. As such the waste management center was improved and operationalized with an island wide collection and treatment model. 
  • The grant awarded to Maldives Authentic Crafts Cooperative Society worked on establishing market links with private sector for promotion of sale of Thundukunaa and Reed which is used for the mats. The appreciation towards the marshland was increased as a result which is immensely important for the resilience of the island. 

MFF Partnered up with Maldives Marine Research Centre to hold the first Marine Science Symposium in the Maldives.

  • Through the symposium knowledge and experiences were shared to contribute towards the conservation and sustainable utilization of our valuable marine environment and resources. A broad range of presentations were made that falls into marine science topics, including marine biodiversity, climate change, oceanography and conservation ecology as well as resource utilization and socio-economics.
  • The symposium brought together scientists from different areas of the field to share their knowledge and experiences from the various research projects that are being carried out in the Maldives.
  • A small grant project was awarded to Hoededhoo SIalnd Development society to work towards sustainable waste management in the islands of Hoededhoo and Nadella. As such working models from Maldives is planned to be implemented in the islands. 

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