Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative has been in operation is Sri Lanka for the past four years, and had carried many activities ranging from the preparation of MFF National Strategy and Action Plan, implementation of small and large grants projects, conducting coastal and marine related scientific studies, providing capacity building opportunities to both government and non-governmental sectors to generation of knowledge products.
On a recommendation of the MFF National Steering Committee (NSC), a workshop was held on 5 December 2011 at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo to share the work done carried out over the past years and thereby increase the visibility of MFF in Sri Lanka.
Officials from key government, non-government, private sector and a few media personnel were present at this event.
Following the addresses of Mr Shamen Vidanage (Acting Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka) and Mr Ajith Silva of the Ministry of Environment (NSC Chair), Mrs Kumudini Ekaratne (MFF National Coordinator, Sri Lanka) briefed the participants on the past, present and future initiatives of MFF in Sri Lanka. The subsequent sessions had presentations from selected small and large grants implementing organizations ranging from Universities, NGOs, and CBOs.
The discussions that followed the presentations came out with several valuable recommendations that will be taken up with the NSC for endorsement.