Mangroves for the Future Investing in Coastal Ecosystems- Gender Equality
Gender Equality Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in
coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. In all regions of the world, women and men
have unique relationships with, dependency upon, and expertise regarding their environment. Poor understanding of the roles and contributions that both genders bring often leads to a lack of recognition of their distinct needs and
interests in policies and programmes. Understanding the importance of this can ultimately help in meeting sustainable development goals in ecosystem dependent communities.
IUCN Asia’s flagship programme Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led initiative co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. One
of MFF’s focus areas is social empowerment, building awareness and capacity of civil society for decision making. Recognising that gender equality is fundamental to conservation and sustainable development, MFF has established
gender integration as an important strategic approach in its programme.