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Coastal Community Restoration Project

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The 2004 Tsunami had a devastating effect on the coastal ecosystem, small farms and home-gardens. As the water receded, land was stripped of vegetation and piled with sand, mud and debris. Combined with high inflation and a decline in tourists, communities who live on only a few dollars a day were pushed into deepening poverty. Once people’s emergency needs had been met (such as our well-purification programme in 2006) there remained a desperate need to re-establish and develop livelihood opportunities and restore surrounding ecosystems.


With the support of Swiss Labour Assistance the 3 year Coastal Community Restoration Project introduced new sources of income through small enterprise development and home-garden rehabilitation, and restored ecosystems to increase biodiversity.

Income diversification


Income diversification The project was based on the set up of six sustainable community based organisations (CBOs), and one existing RRI nursery, in seven key towns. Each CBO manages a nursery and training centre that produces edible, medicinal, ornamental and utility plants. During the project, these were distributed to 700 home-gardens and used for ecosystem restoration. A central cooperative guides the CBOs in management, agricultural training programs and ecosystem restoration along coastal areas. Members were also trained in income generating activities such as mushroom cultivation, floriculture, organic farming and small business management. CBOs spread this knowledge within the community to encourage crop and income diversification. A sales outlet has been established in Akurala, Hikkaduwa, to allow CBOs to sell their products to a wider market.




Restoration


The ecological element engaged community members in the rehabilitation of the southwest coastal zone whose mangroves, wetlands and coral reefs normally provide protection from most coastal storms and mitigate flooding. They are also vital fish breeding grounds, and produce edible plants, firewood and building materials. The project has recreated a green belt along the coast which will restore soil cover, improve biodiversity and provide a wind barrier and shade that allows home-gardening activities to take places only meters from the coast.


Achievements


  • Six community nurseries estamblished and plant sales over 65,500 achived
  • 700 organic homes gardens developed,providing nutritional ffod source and incresing household income by 25 pecent
  • CBOs trained in management and income diversification opputunities
  • Biodiversity increased through home-garden restorationusing native plants species
  • 86 acres of public and coastal lands replaned with over 38,300 plants, strengthing coastal defences and halting soil erotion
  • Communities encouraged to work together to find solutions to social and agricultural issues
  • Indigenous medicianl plants grown and made available as an alternative to western medicine
======= Forest for the Future
  • Phone: +94 91 223 2585
  • info@fff.lk

Coastal Community Restoration Project

Help us with your donation...

The 2004 Tsunami had a devastating effect on the coastal ecosystem, small farms and home-gardens. As the water receded, land was stripped of vegetation and piled with sand, mud and debris. Combined with high inflation and a decline in tourists, communities who live on only a few dollars a day were pushed into deepening poverty. Once people’s emergency needs had been met (such as our well-purification programme in 2006) there remained a desperate need to re-establish and develop livelihood opportunities and restore surrounding ecosystems.


With the support of Swiss Labour Assistance the 3 year Coastal Community Restoration Project introduced new sources of income through small enterprise development and home-garden rehabilitation, and restored ecosystems to increase biodiversity.

Income diversification


Income diversification The project was based on the set up of six sustainable community based organisations (CBOs), and one existing RRI nursery, in seven key towns. Each CBO manages a nursery and training centre that produces edible, medicinal, ornamental and utility plants. During the project, these were distributed to 700 home-gardens and used for ecosystem restoration. A central cooperative guides the CBOs in management, agricultural training programs and ecosystem restoration along coastal areas. Members were also trained in income generating activities such as mushroom cultivation, floriculture, organic farming and small business management. CBOs spread this knowledge within the community to encourage crop and income diversification. A sales outlet has been established in Akurala, Hikkaduwa, to allow CBOs to sell their products to a wider market.




Restoration


The ecological element engaged community members in the rehabilitation of the southwest coastal zone whose mangroves, wetlands and coral reefs normally provide protection from most coastal storms and mitigate flooding. They are also vital fish breeding grounds, and produce edible plants, firewood and building materials. The project has recreated a green belt along the coast which will restore soil cover, improve biodiversity and provide a wind barrier and shade that allows home-gardening activities to take places only meters from the coast.


Achievements


  • Six community nurseries estamblished and plant sales over 65,500 achived
  • 700 organic homes gardens developed,providing nutritional ffod source and incresing household income by 25 pecent
  • CBOs trained in management and income diversification opputunities
  • Biodiversity increased through home-garden restorationusing native plants species
  • 86 acres of public and coastal lands replaned with over 38,300 plants, strengthing coastal defences and halting soil erotion
  • Communities encouraged to work together to find solutions to social and agricultural issues
  • Indigenous medicianl plants grown and made available as an alternative to western medicine
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