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Sri Lanka

Kiralakele

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Conservation benefit: Mangrove protection

Community benefit: Library and audiovisual facilities at the Kiralakele Mangrove Resource Center

Date Approved: 07.2004

Mangroves

This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

Sri Lanka’s mangrove ecosystems are under serious threat from development and pollution. The Small Fishers Federation of Lanka (Sudeesa) and Seacology have established the Kiralakele Mangrove Resource Center and Biological Garden in southern Sri Lanka. Seacology will help Sudeesa establish a library of at least 5,000 books, research papers, and reports. It will also contain a computer facility with internet access. The grant will also fund an aquarium to display animals that live in mangrove habitats, and a center with multimedia displays.

Project Updates

January 2005

The library and audiovisual facilities have been completed. A dedication ceremony was held on December 2, 2004 with 300 local schoolchildren in attendance.

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