Mangroves are a vital component of our biodiversity. They are impacted by climate change, and human activity which threaten their survival. However, they are also protectors of our coastline, ecosystems and contribute to generative economic benefits to coastal communities.
This project implemented by SLYCAN Trust in collaboration with the Marine Environmental Protection Authority of Sri Lanka, and Coastal Conservation Department of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development of Sri Lanka, and supported by Drowning Islands (non-profit organisation) focuses on protecting and restoring the mangroves in 3 selected sites of Sri Lanka.
The project also aims to implement environmental conservation activities focusing on resilience building of vulnerable ecosystems and communities, through participatory and multi-stakeholder driven initiatives.
It also consists of activities related to eco-peacebuilding, through engagement of different communities in the project activities, livelihood development, as well as creates awareness on the need for multi-stakeholder driven adaptation activities related to mangrove restoration.
Since 2016 SLYCAN is a registered legal entity in the form of a Trust, and work under the title of SLYCAN Trust, expanding the issues of focus, and widening the scope of focus from youth centric to a multi-stakeholder driven, and social justice driven process. SLYCAN Trust envisions wider engagement and a wider range of activities on the themes of sustainable development, climate change, gender and animal welfare, and social justice to ensure that we strive for a better future for all.