CBOs to protect tsunami hit coastal ecosystem

27 Jul 2007

Colombo, July 27, 2007 - Members of community based organizations are being trained to support the recovery of natural resources of the tsunami-hit coastal belt. The project funded by the Korean government aims to enhance the productivity and long-term protection of ecosystems through empowerment of communities on environmental management. So far, training sessions  have concluded in Matara, Batticaloa and the Trincomalee districts.
 
This UNDP project for ‘sustainable recovery of natural resources on the tsunami affected coastal districts’ is being implemented by the Disaster Management Centre in the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, with technical and administrative support from UNDP.
 
The Government of Korea is providing US$ 200,000 for this project where CBOs in the districts of Matara,  Ampara, Baticaloa, Hambantota and Trincomalee will receive US$ 30,000 for their projects. CBOs in turn have selected projects on Organic Farming, Rain water harvesting, Waste management: kitchen waste, plastic and paper waste, Establish linkages to markets, Tree planting in villages (shade trees and fruit trees) and Networking with other farmers' organizations.
 
At the National level, discussions have taken place with non-governmental organisations active in the fields of organic framing, rain water harvesting, tree planting and solid waste disposal including the Arthachara Foundation, Sevanatha, Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation, Kavuduwava, and Sri Lanka Nature Forum to support the overall project. The Sri Lanka Nature Forum will conduct the training of the CBOs on the selected topics.