As part of UK’s Official Development Assistance Strategy, £1.5 billion fund was announced by the UK Government in late 2015.

Southeast Asia is home to a third of coastal mangroves on Earth and an ~600 million people depend directly or indirectly on these valuable ecosystems for food, resources and income. Mangroves also provide efficient natural protection from storm surges and tsunamis for coastal communities. However, coastal regions in SE Asia are suffering the highest rates of mangrove losses across the world.

This project will quantify multi hazards on mangrove ecosystems in two case regions in Malaysia (Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve) and Indonesia (Wonorejo Surabaya Mangrove Zone) to derive solutions that help improve livelihoods for local coastal communities, while maintaining the mangrove forest ecosystem services. Through advancing knowledge on SE Asia coastal mangrove ecosystems services and how this links to the social-psychological health of local communities, this will be able to provide the needed flow of information to preserve ecosystem services that coastal communities rely on. The wider goal of this project is to develop a strategic concept of an operational framework for mangrove forest management that balances improved community welfare and ecosystem services.

Research objectives


Funding - What is GCRF?



GCRF is known as Global Challenges Research Fund which supports cutting-edge research that address the challenges faced by developing countries. GCRF aims to strengthen the capability for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

As part of UK’s Official Development Assistance Strategy, £1.5 billion fund was announced by the UK Government in late 2015. The Strategy aims to:

Promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research

Strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries

Provide an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need

Three challenges area of GCRF

GCRF's vision for change