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Dutch Canal Restoration, Galle

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The Keppu Ela and Koppa Ela canals were built during the Dutch colonial period. Although initially designed for shipping use, the canals also provide irrigation to nearby paddy fields and play an integral role in flood prevention schemes both locally and for upstream towns. As the closest wetland to Galle, the canals are also important for local bird life and have an undervalued tourist potential. Following the 2004 tsunami, the District Secretary of Galle approached us and requested a programme to resurrect the integrity of the two canals. A preliminary study found the canals suffered from a range of other environmental problems such as deforestation and encroachment.


Together with the support of the Central Environment Authority, Irrigation Department, Divisional Secretaries, Grama Sewaka Niladaris (village government agents), World Food Programme (WFP), Community Based Organisations, local government and Swiss Labour Assistance, we formulated a multi-stakeholder programme to address the conservation and enrichment of the flora and fauna in the canal area.




The project aimed to restore and sustainably manage the two canals by replanting their associated vegetation with the participation and support of the local communities. Professionals from relevant institutions and community members contributed to the initial project planning – taking into account a range of perspectives and needs. We also conducted programmes to educate communities on the importance of maintaining their natural resources. With a fresh outlook on their environment, 295 community members undertook the responsibility of planting trees on the banks of the canal and taking care of them.

A mangrove replanting project was also implemented in response to requests from tsunami affected communities settled at the mouth of the canals to increase the natural protection of their lands. We established on site nurseries to supply bamboo, mangrove and riverine


Achievements


  • 10000 trees planted along 5km of canal
  • Creation and restoration of habitat for fauna and flora
  • Improoved biodiversity of mangrove, fish and bird populations
  • Prevention of futher costal degradation
  • Sustainable management and production of natural resourced improoved
======= Forest for the Future
  • Phone: +94 91 223 2585
  • info@fff.lk

Dutch Canal Restoration, Galle

Help us with your donation...

The Keppu Ela and Koppa Ela canals were built during the Dutch colonial period. Although initially designed for shipping use, the canals also provide irrigation to nearby paddy fields and play an integral role in flood prevention schemes both locally and for upstream towns. As the closest wetland to Galle, the canals are also important for local bird life and have an undervalued tourist potential. Following the 2004 tsunami, the District Secretary of Galle approached us and requested a programme to resurrect the integrity of the two canals. A preliminary study found the canals suffered from a range of other environmental problems such as deforestation and encroachment.


Together with the support of the Central Environment Authority, Irrigation Department, Divisional Secretaries, Grama Sewaka Niladaris (village government agents), World Food Programme (WFP), Community Based Organisations, local government and Swiss Labour Assistance, we formulated a multi-stakeholder programme to address the conservation and enrichment of the flora and fauna in the canal area.




The project aimed to restore and sustainably manage the two canals by replanting their associated vegetation with the participation and support of the local communities. Professionals from relevant institutions and community members contributed to the initial project planning – taking into account a range of perspectives and needs. We also conducted programmes to educate communities on the importance of maintaining their natural resources. With a fresh outlook on their environment, 295 community members undertook the responsibility of planting trees on the banks of the canal and taking care of them.

A mangrove replanting project was also implemented in response to requests from tsunami affected communities settled at the mouth of the canals to increase the natural protection of their lands. We established on site nurseries to supply bamboo, mangrove and riverine


Achievements


  • 10000 trees planted along 5km of canal
  • Creation and restoration of habitat for fauna and flora
  • Improoved biodiversity of mangrove, fish and bird populations
  • Prevention of futher costal degradation
  • Sustainable management and production of natural resourced improoved
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