Conservation benefit: Support for mangrove conservation
Community benefit: Construction and furnishing of a store to sell locally produced products at the Kiralakele mangrove center
The Seacology-supported Kiralakele Mangrove Center, constructed in 2000, is fast becoming a major ecotourism destination and hosts several thousand schoolchildren per year. In addition, the community has planted 50,000 mangrove seedlings.
Due in part to his dedication to this project, Seacology awarded the 2001 Seacology Prize to Anuradha Wickramasinghe, director of the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka (known as Sudeesa). Seacology has assisted Sudeesa with the construction of a sales center to sell fruit, juice, and honey collected from the mangrove forest, as well as locally made handicrafts. This store will provide a livelihood to young women from the community who have dropped out of school.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- July 2004
- The Kiralakele Mangrove Center was dedicated in April 2001 and the construction of the store was completed in 2002. An October 2003 Seacology expedition visited the Kiralakele Mangrove Center and...