Asia is a land full of natural and cultural wonders. But the region faces critical challenges, including poverty, water shortages and climate change. IUCN works with states and civil society in the region to build solutions together.



  • A man stands in front of mangrove saplings planted on a mud flat, with the ocean in the background Samsuri and mangrove saplings planted as part of the MFF Small Grant Facility/SGF project at  Bahak Indah Beach Photo: © Cynthia Nurcahya / MFF

    Giving mangroves a voice: One man's mission to protect the future of Bahak Indah


    Bahak Indah, a mangrove-lined beach running along the coast of Probolinggo, East Java, is a major attraction for visitors. But just fifteen years ago, the only vegetation found on the beach was a type of spinegrass with such sharp tips that residents of Curah...

  • Fishermen on small boats pull in the nets near the bank of a Sundarban canal Licensed fishermen pull in their catch in the Sundarbans NWHS. Photo: © Siriporn Sriaram - MFF/IUCN

    Bangladesh shares World Heritage experience with Thailand in South-South knowledge transfer


    From 2 to 6 April 2018, Mangroves for the Future (MFF), in collaboration with IUCN Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok, brought nine delegates from the Thailand Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) to the Sundarbans Natural World...

  • A community member measured lumber dimension Photo: A community member measured lumber dimension © IUCN Viet Nam/Le Thanh Thuy

    How to increase the value of Vietnam’s forestry sector?


    On a visit to Quang Tri in 2016 we asked a forest ranger where the best forest was. He said it was in remote areas too inaccessible for illegal logging or land conversion. If an area has fertile soil and is easy to access, people will turn it into...

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