UNDP-MFF awards two small grant projects to promote sustainable coastal management and community resilienceJul 2, 2015
The Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme, of UNDP, has today signed grant agreements with two grantees to undertake small grants projects in south Huvadhoo Atoll.
With the award, two grantees, Red Production and Maldives Authentic Crafts Cooperative Society (MACCS), will commence the implementation of their respective projects which are scheduled to run for a period of 1 year.
The project on promoting locally effective solutions to waste management in Gaaf Dhaalu Atoll Faresmaathoda and Vaadhoo by Red Production will help reduce environmental impacts from waste management. The broader goal of the project also includes engaging communities and their respective local councils to facilitate dialogue as well as help people engage in tackling key development challenges faced by their communities.
The Red Production’s has completed a similar project under MFF funding titled as “good practices on waste management”, which documented the complete revamp of waste management practices in Alif Alif Ukulhas Island by the people and the video was then used to promote the similar objectives in Raa Atoll Ungoofaaru Island. The video received strong public acclaim and motivated many local communities and councils towards sustainable community-driven waste management practices.
The second grantee, the Maldives Authentic Crafts Cooperative Society (MACCS) aims to strengthen the market links for sustainable Hau (reed) cultivation and the conservation of the marshland in Fiyori— an extension of a previous project funded through UNDP- Global Environment Facility — Small Grants Project which focused on fostering cultivation of the hau and reviving the dying art of thund’ukunaa (mat) weaving. The new MFF project will build on this experience and enable farmers in Fiyori to develop efficient and reliable market mechanisms, and cultivate quality hau as a means of sustainable livelihood.
The small grant is a key component of MFF programme to promote sustainable coastal management and to build resilience of coastal communities. UNDP and its partners including MFF seek to build the resilience of coastal communities through various initiatives.
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