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 is implementing four projects from 2012-2013. At a national level, MFF runs its Small Grants Facility (SGF) projects, and Medium Grant. Currently, the Maldives has successfully implemented Phase 1 of the SGF projects and is at the initial stage of implementing Phase 2 of the SGF projects.

The MFF Maldives programme is based on its National Strategic Action Plan which outlines the strategy and actions, and the priority areas of work at a national level. The NSAP 2012-2013 commits to the following priority areas of work for implementation of its projects nationally;

  • Support coastal livelihoods initiatives that are both sustainable and help to maintain natural ecosystems
  • Improve the resilience of coastal communities through coastal ecosystem management
  • Increase awareness of the economic value of coastal ecosystems and use this to prioritize, promote and support coastal conservation and development actions
  • Use of inland water bodies as reservoirs or recharge source of ground water
  • Facilitate the co-ordination of NGO and public private partnerships with government programmes and actions
  • Address key resource use problems, constraints and conflicts in general, and those related to mangroves in particular
  • Facilitate a process of building knowledge, strengthening empowerment, and enhancing governance especially at community- and island-levels
  • Facilitate the inclusion of new emerging issues and new approaches into Maldives coastal management
  • Facilitate cooperation between Maldives and the wider international community through participation and dissemination of information
  • Improving communication, awareness and education
  • Developing standard valuation tools that can be applied in the Maldives context
  • Improving governance especially activities on the role of media and civil society in coastal ecosystem management

MFF National Projects

MFF Large Grants

MFF Large Grant project focuses on promoting community resilience to climate change by the introduction and dissemination of conservation agriculture through Island Women's Development Committees in five islands in Baa Atoll in the North Province of Maldives.

Small Grants Facility

In Phase 2 of the Small Grants Facility, small grants ranging from US$ 10,000 to U$ 25,000 will be given to eligible proposals.

Regional Projects

Maldives recently commenced a regional project called ‘Green Fins’ which will address address threats posed by recreational scuba diving-related activities.The project will be implemented in 10 resorts in Male’ Atoll. In addition, “Mapping and Enhancing Natural Resource Governance in Small Island Communities” project will soon commence and will be implemented by Local Governance Authority.

Our Work

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

The Maldives was invited to join the MFF project in 2009, and hosted the Eight Regional Steering Committee of the Mangroves for the Future in October 2011.

Phase 1 of the Small Grants Facility projects was successfully implemented and the Maldives is currently implementing phase 2 of MFF.

Under the ‘Alternative livelihoods for women in North Central Province” project in A.Dh. Dhangethi, a total of 50 women were trained to make souvenirs and linking the products to the resorts in the Atoll, by NGO Hiyahemi Home Sciences. These 50 women are now employed.


YEAR 2012-2013 TOTAL: US$ 334,370


2012 US$ 78,810.85
2013 US$ 143,000.00