04 — Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation Project
Empowering communities to propagate, reforest and protect mangroves in Sri Lanka, building conservation capacity and economic prosperity in communities where healthy mangroves are most critical.
Seacology, a nonprofit environmental conservation organization, is helping Sri Lanka become the first nation in history to preserve and replant all of its mangrove forests. As a result, Sri Lanka is on its way to being a model for other countries wishing to build conservation capacity and economic prosperity in communities where healthy mangroves are most critical – small fishing villages.
Seacology helps mitigate poverty in coastal communities by providing sustainable livelihoods training and microloans in exchange for leadership in community mangrove conservation cooperatives. Programme participants become leaders in their communities, working on mangrove propagation, reforestation, and protection.
The livelihood training and microloan programme enables beneficiaries to create or expand sustainable businesses, contributing to greater financial stability, better nutrition and health, increased economic security for families, and improved resilience against destructive storm surges.