After receiving the fantastic news from UNEP that the Green Fins project has been fully accepted by the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Regional Grants initiative, we have been planning for the Inception meeting whereby the participants in this two year project titled “Protecting Marine Ecosystems in MFF Countries Using the Green Fins Approach” will come together to plan and strategize for the implementation of Green Fins in the Maldives and Vietnam. It was a very productive meeting with government representatives from the Maldives and Vietnam, the Programmes Manager from MFF and the United Nations Environment Programme. Thanks to all, including Sam and the staff at Lalaguna Beach Club who helped make this meeting so productive and enjoyable.