Maeve Nightingale, Senior Programme Manager, Mangroves for the Future, IUCN Asia


Ms Maeve Nightingale has more than 20 years of international experience working with International Development Organizations, providing technical advice, managing projects, monitoring and evaluation, implementing integrated and participatory approaches, facilitating capacity building and supporting institutional strengthening.

Her areas of expertise include: ecosystems approach, aquatic resource management, integrated coastal management, small-scale fisheries, biodiversity, climate change, gender mainstreaming, sustainable livelihoods.  Her field experience in Asia includes Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Myanmar, India and Pakistan.

Maeve is currently Senior Programme Manager for MFF, IUCN, an 11 country regional initiative working to build resilience of coastal ecosystems and coastal resource dependent communities. Maeve overlooks the general directions of the programme including private sector engagement, capacity development, knowledge & communications as well as the gender integration action plan.

She joined MFF in February 2013 having lead IUCN’s Regional Coastal and Marine Programme under the Ecosystems and Livelihood Group since August 2007. During this time she managed several regional and national coastal management projects in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia, and provided technical support for a number of IUCN and MFF projects in multiple other countries.

Maeve holds a BSc degree in Marine and Freshwater Ecology from the University of London Queen Mary College and an MSc in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture from the University of Bangor, North Wales. Before joining IUCN, she worked in the field of coastal ecosystems management for 13 years, through various government, non-government, and international development organizations in the UK, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Viet Nam and Ghana.