Uraniya Lagoon

January 2011

Conservation benefit: Conservation of 2,965 acres of coast swamp and mangrove for a minimum of 10 years

Conservation benefit: Construction of a coastal resource conservation and livelihood development center

The communities of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka are slowly recovering from the 30-year civil war that ended in 2009. The communities continue to feel losses; they have been displaced from their original homes, 22 percent of families lost their breadwinners, and 38 percent of children lost their schools. The majority of women are destitute (29,856 total in the province). Most of them belong to the fishing community and engage in shallow-water fishing; their life support depends on the coastal lagoon system. The war also caused great destruction to the coastal swamps and mangrove ecosystem. The natural tidal system and drainage were blocked, and fish breeding grounds dried up. The estimated loss of coastal forest and swamp in the Ampare District is 2,965 acres.

The Small Fishers Federation of Sri Lanka (SFFL, also known as Sudeesa), with whom Seacology partnered to fund the Kiralakele Mangrove Resource Centre in Sri Lanka’s south, wishes to build a community resource conservation and livelihood development center. Women and school dropouts, mainly from the Tamil community, will receive vocational training. In exchange, the community will protect 2,965 acres of coastal swamp and mangrove area. Within this area, 642 acres will be replanted with 260,000 mangroves and be protected as a demonstration area. More than 420,000 schoolchildren in the Eastern Province will have access to the center. Widows and school dropouts will be engaged in conservation activities, and will learn business skills without damaging the coastal environment. The area will be protected for at least 10 years.

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Project Updates
June 2012
Building construction is in progress, with an inauguration ceremony planned for July 2012. The main structure of the building is almost completed and roof work is in progress. After construction...
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January 2012
Site preparation and foundation work has been completed. Construction has commenced but is slow due to heavy rains. Construction is expected to be completed by April 2012. The existing center has...
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June 2011
Funds have been sent to the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka, the organization that is managing the project

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