The Seacology-supported Kiralakele Mangrove Center, constructed in 2000, is fast becoming a major ecotourism destination. It hosts several thousand schoolchildren and other guests each year. The community has planted 50,000 mangrove seedlings.
Our partner in Kiralakele is the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka (Sudeesa). Seacology awarded the 2001 Seacology Prize to Sudeesa’s director, Anuradha Wickramasinghe, due in part to his dedication to this project. Seacology is now helping Sudeesa fund construction of a center to sell fruit, juice, and honey collected from the mangrove forest, as well as locally made handicrafts. This store will help young women from the community who have little education and few livelihood options.