January 2019- July 2020
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
‘Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustenance of Ecosystems services in Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs)’ is a GEF funded project, implemented by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE) and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). EFL is the technical partner facilitating the implementation of the project.
The primary objective of the project is to develop mechanisms to mainstream biodiversity management into development frameworks in areas of high conservation significance, outside protected area networks.
The Kala Oya river basin has been identified as a location of environmental significance and a region also experiencing rapid development and change. Therefore, biodiversity-friendly ESA management for the long term integrity and resilience of both biodiversity and communities is sought via ESA management.
EFL consultancy team in close consultation with local, regional and national stakeholders are currently developing co-management plans for 3 identified sites along the basin;
- Kala Oya River Mouth
- Manawekanda – Ipalogama
- Galnewa- Ipalogama
Following the preparation of the co-management plans, the plans will be validated by the relevant stakeholders. Subsequently, the pilot scale implementation of the co-management plans will be facilitated in the 3 identified sites.