Project Profile

Increasing the resilience of biodiversity and livelihoods in Colombo?s wetlands

Duration : September 1, 2020 - July 31, 2023

Colombo?s urban wetlands contain unique biodiversity that provide flood protection and numerous livelihood services. Despite this, wetland destruction continues. Although increased attention has been given to tackle wetland loss, government needs greater community engagement and biodiversity monitoring. This project develops a mechanism for aligning community wetland practices and monitoring with government policies. At the catchment scale, community best practices of wetland management, will be promoted to safeguard biodiversity, improve livelihoods and secure the well-being of 2.3 million people.

Location(s): Sri Lanka
Project Contact: McCartney, M.
Donor(s): Department For International Development

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI