Stakeholder Consultation for Mangrove Restoration and Economic Empowerment in Gampaha District

On January 23rd, 2020, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources, in collaboration with SLYCAN Trust, is organising a stakeholder consultation on mangrove ecosystem restoration and identifying the potential for community livelihood development in Gampaha district. 

Mangrove forests are immensely productive coastal ecosystems. They filter carbon from the air, protect the shoreline, offer habitats for countless species of plants and animals, and provide raw materials for construction, food, handicrafts, or medicine. They are sites of stunning natural beauty, hold cultural significance, and can promote the well-being of local communities.

More than twenty species of Mangroves thrive along the coastline of Sri Lanka, but they have suffered destruction and degradation in the past. Restoring and expanding mangrove areas will reduce the impacts of climate change on Sri Lanka and support the sustainable development of coastal communities. For the communities living around them, mangrove ecosystems offer many economic opportunities, from harvesting mangrove apples to investing in eco-tourism. The consultation will bring together relevant government agencies and stakeholders to map out ways to connect mangrove restoration and conservation to livelihood development and economic diversification in the district.

The event aims to identify sustainable, mangrove-based livelihoods for communities in the Gampaha district which would facilitate scoping similar activities in other selected areas of the country.

For further information on the event, kindly contact Sajani Ranasinghe +94 76 636 9499 or email [email protected].  

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Since 2016 SLYCAN is a registered legal entity in the form of a Trust, and work under the title of SLYCAN Trust, expanding the issues of focus, and widening the scope of focus from youth centric to a multi-stakeholder driven, and social justice driven process. SLYCAN Trust envisions wider engagement and a wider range of activities on the themes of sustainable development, climate change, gender and animal welfare, and social justice to ensure that we strive for a better future for all.