After being unable to attend a regional meeting of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme in Karachi at the end of 2012, I went to Bangkok and joined an excursion to the coast of the Andaman Sea in early 2013. MFF is a joint programme of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and national nature conservation organisations in a number of countries around the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Small grants are provided to communities in order to encourage improved management of the mangrove forests. These are some images from several interesting days in Bangkok and 36 hours observing the conservationists in action along the coast north of Phuket.
Street food in the big city
A famous Buddhist shrine under the sky train – this site was bombed in 2014…
Sailing up a mangrove creek
IUCN and UNDP people explaining the ecology of coastal forests at a floating school
Smiles after spotting a group of rare sea otters in the mangroves
Mooring our boat – excursion over
More about MFF can be found at: https://www.mangrovesforthefuture.org/