- With the financial contribution from its core donors, and the assistance from UNDP and other UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs, MFF has been able to successfully put in place regional and national governance structures, and implement large projects, small grants, training, and other activities on the ground.
- To date, 43 small grant facility ($5,000 - 25,000) have been approved and are being implemented and a further 20 or so are currently being approved.
- To date, 10 large project proposals ($50,000 - 300,000) have entered the final appraisal stage and will be financed by MFF,.
- MFF builds technical capacity through study tours, secondments and by providing regional and international consultants to complement local expertise. MFF has also supported regional and national training courses in collaboration with training and academic institutions, such as courses on the use of practical tools and methods applicable to the field/project level, including climate proofing and sustainable livelihood approaches in Indonesia (2008) and India (2009)
- During 2008, sevreal forums, committee meetings, and trainings were held among stakeholders to further the work of this commitment
- Convened joint meeting of the IUCN and the UN Office of the Special Envoy for the Tsunami to discuss the development of MFF. Approximately 25 representatives from tsunami-affected countries and international agencies have become involved in environmental aspects of posttsunami reconstruction endorsed MFF and have expressed their eagerness to participate and collaborate in its further development.
- Facilitating a planning and consultation process with various bodies at all levels. This will
establish a comprehensive strategy and program document for MFF.
- Replanted mangroves in selected protected areas in the two countries through the collaboration of the World Conservation Union, the Department of Wildlife Conservation (Sri Lanka), the Department of National Parks, Wild Life and Plant Protection (Thailand), and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (Thailand).
- Established two nurseries with 50,000 seedlings.
The World Conservation Union, in collaboration with its members and partners-the Department of Wildlife Conservation (Sri Lanka), the Department of National Parks, Wild Life and Plant Protection (Thailand) and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (Thailand)-is replanting mangroves in selected protected areas in the two countries.
Two nurseries, with 50,000 seedlings, have been established. The mangrove rehabilitation program is, not only providing financial benefits to the local communities but also generates awareness of biodiversity conservation in the region. Having provided immediate relief in the wake of the tsunami and then supported the reconstruction of boats and houses, the World Conservation Union set up a pilot scheme, leading Wanduruppa and Welipatanwila-two severely affected villages-from post tsunami relief, through rehabilitation to reconstruction, and a sustainable and self-reliant future.
Nearly eighteen months after the disaster, the affected communities are now strong and resilient. During the relief phase, the World Conservation Union's work was focused on rehabilitating affected families and village based social organizations, with a view to mobilizing their participation in the long-term ecological restoration.
Organizations formed with the World Conservation Union's support then mobilized external funds themselves for several environmental initiatives, such as eradication of invasive species, green recovery of coastal stretches, new settlement sites and ecosystem restoration, thus leading them into rehabilitation.
From the outset the affected communities rallied together to make best use of the relief and aid that they soon began to receive from numerous sources. This process led to the formation of coherent small groups of women and many are now in existence. These have been brought under the umbrella of the Soba Diriya Women's Foundation, which has demonstrated its strength by making vital development decisions, which have already led successful coastal rehabilitation activities and the villages are now moving forward towards full reconstruction.
Restoring livelihoods in Hambantota district: The World Conservation Union, in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka, local government authorities, NGOs and community organizations restored coastal livelihoods in the district. This included the construction of a cold room for the storage of fish, donation of boats and nets, restoration of home-gardens, construction of fuel efficient cook stoves and grants for the rebuilding of small sales kiosks.
In addition IUCN assisted in the construction of a library and community center and also provided educational grants for a number of local children orphaned by the tsunami.
The major portion of this initiative, namely the development of a large-scale, long-term integrated work program on mangrove restoration and rehabilitation, is currently in the development and fundraising stage.