Resilient Coasts Initiative

Healthy coastal ecosystems for a more prosperous and secure future for coastal communities

Mangroves are the flagship of the initiative, but Resilient Coasts is inclusive of all types of coastal ecosystem, such as estuaries, coral reefs, sea grass beds, sandy and/or muddy beaches and wetlands

The Programme’s mission is “to use a partnership-based approach that builds knowledge, supports action on the ground and enhances governance and policy processes in support of building resilience of coastal systems against global change, including climate change.” The overall goal is “to strengthen the resilience of coastal socio-ecological systems in the Western Indian Ocean region”, by engaging in 4 focal areas:

  1. Strengthen adaptive capacities of local communities dependent on coastal and marine resources;
  2. Enhance resilience of critical coastal ecosystems and habitats;
  3. Influence coastal economic development to be more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable;
  4. Effectiveness of local governance in managing and influencing coastal ecological and social systems improved.
The emphasis is on generating knowledge, empowering local communities and advocating for policy solutions.

Resilient Coasts addresses priorities for long-term sustainable coastal ecosystem management which include, among others: climate change adaptation and resilience, promotion of ecosystem conservation and management, development of sustainable livelihoods, and influencing coastal economic development to be more environmentally sustainable.

Pilot countries currently include Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.  For more information, please click here.