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World Wetlands Day: Ismahane Elouafi, Executive Managing Director of CGIAR

A message from the Thalangama wetland in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the work of IWMI and CGIAR to preserve and protect these vital ecosystems.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena (right) meets with CGIAR Executive Managing Director Ismahane Elouafi (center) at Temple Trees, Colombo. Also pictured are Mark Smith (left), IWMI’s Director General. (Photo: Office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

CGIAR’s new Executive Managing Director discusses opportunities to support Sri Lanka’s...

Ismahane Elouafi visited the country to learn more about IWMI’s work and ways to leverage integrated capabilities for water, food and climate resilience.

IWMI-CGIAR to launch new program for water and nutrition to mark...

CGIAR Executive Managing Director Ismahane Elouafi and IWMI Director General Mark Smith met Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
Drawing of Kinda Canal edged with plants rather than remaining entirely channelized with embankments. Plants slow stormwater flows, allowing sediment and pollutants to settle before being treated. This intervention creates vital new public space. Floating wetlands, as illustrated in the canal, also improve the environment. Laura Keil / IWMI.

Urban wetlands and the built environment: how Colombo’s green spaces enhance...

Colombo must justify the renewal of its Ramsar Wetland City status this year. Has the city sufficiently utilized green infrastructure?
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena (left) shakes hands with IWMI’s Chair of the Board of Governors Simi Kamal (third from left) at the Parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura, Colombo. Also pictured are Mark Smith (second from left), IWMI’s Director General, and Syon Niyogi (right), IWMI’s Chief Operating Officer. (Photo: Office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

IWMI’s new Board Chair and Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister reiterate commitment...

Climate change and water resilience a joint priority, as international research organization prepares to launch new strategy and mark 40-year anniversary.
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Application with Geo-Goviya information system launched

The new application, supported by IWMI, includes information about Sri Lanka’s land use, quantity of paddy land, number of farmers, land cultivated in one season and available yield, and emergency agricultural information.
School children and teachers from the Nuwara Eliya district look at the art competition entries.

On DRR Day, Sri Lanka talks about inclusion saving lives

Building resilience to climate change and disasters requires bottom-up, community-led response.
Researchers monitor and map water storage at the dried up Mutaliyar Kulam tank in Vavuniya district, Northern Province. Photo: Niranga Alahacoon/IWMI

It’s raining in Colombo — but don’t forget the drought in...

Drought mapping technology and anticipatory action plans could help to manage disaster risk and mitigate the damage.  
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How nature-based solutions can build urban resilience

IWMI's work in Sri Lanka has helped to restore marshes, enhance biodiversity and improve livelihoods in partnership with government departments and local communities.