Project period – August 2018- January 2019
Parties involved – Funded by ILO, working with IUCN (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka is increasingly experiencing impacts of disasters related to climate change and the magnitude of these impacts are amplified by haphazard human development activities. High impact disaster events have been occurring frequently since 2011 which on average affect more than 1 million people annually (Ministry of Disaster Management). The most recent large scale flooding event occurred in 2017, when 600 mm of rainfall intercepted within two consecutive days in May causing flash floods and landslides in 15 districts. The highest numbers of deaths of 86 and 70, were recorded from Ratnapura and Kalutara districts, respectively.
With the financial aid from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), EFL together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is developing a trilingual report on tools and guidelines for watershed management in Rathnapura and Kaluthara districts. The tools will specifically focus on integrating climate resilience into sustainable land and water management practices that will ensure the health of the watershed to improve its benefits for upstream and downstream communities.
A capacity building workshop will be carried out for national and local government stakeholders following the development of the tools.
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