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.

The Project

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.

Key Facts

  1. Over 14,500 hectares of mangrove forest have been demarcated and educational sign boards have been installed in almost 50 lagoons and estuary systems;
  2. In 2017, the project propagated 703,800 mangrove seedlings;
  3. More than 7,900 women and young people have been trained in mangrove conservation and 2,893 have received microloans to create or expand sustainable businesses and foster financial stability.


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