Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA UNDERTAKES COMPREHENSIVE MANGROVE PROTECTION
06/08/2015
Update Volume
45
Update Issue
16

In partnership with ocean-focused nongovernmental organizations, the Sri Lankan government announced that it will grant full protection to all of the country's mangrove forests, making it the first country to implement such comprehensive conservation practices for the coastal ecosystems. The program will protect nearly 9,000 hectares of forests and restore 3,800 hectares that have been destroyed. It will also provide job training and microloans to women in communities near the protected areas, as well as funding for rangers to enforce the laws.