Stakeholder Consultation for Mangrove Restoration and Economic Empowerment in Gampaha District

January 23, 2020

On January 23rd, 2020, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources, in collaboration with SLYCAN Trust, is organising a stakeholder consultation on mangrove ecosystem restoration and identifying the potential for community livelihood development in Gampaha district. 

Mangrove forests are immensely productive coastal ecosystems. They filter carbon from the air, protect the shoreline, offer habitats for countless species of plants and animals, and provide raw materials for construction, food, handicrafts, or medicine. They are sites of stunning natural beauty, hold cultural significance, and can promote the well-being of local communities.

More than twenty species of Mangroves thrive along the coastline of Sri Lanka, but they have suffered destruction and degradation in the past. Restoring and expanding mangrove areas will reduce the impacts of climate change on Sri Lanka and support the sustainable development of coastal communities. For the communities living around them, mangrove ecosystems offer many economic opportunities, from harvesting mangrove apples to investing in eco-tourism. The consultation will bring together relevant government agencies and stakeholders to map out ways to connect mangrove restoration and conservation to livelihood development and economic diversification in the district.

The event aims to identify sustainable, mangrove-based livelihoods for communities in the Gampaha district which would facilitate scoping similar activities in other selected areas of the country.

For further information on the event, kindly contact Sajani Ranasinghe +94 76 636 9499 or email  

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SLYCAN Trust is a non-profit think tank. It has been a registered legal entity in the form of a trust since 2016, and a guarantee limited company since 2019. The entities focus on the thematic areas of climate change, adaptation and resilience, sustainable development, environmental conservation and restoration, social justice, and animal welfare. SLYCAN Trust’s activities include legal and policy research, education and awareness creation, capacity building and training, and implementation of ground level action. SLYCAN Trust aims to facilitate and contribute to multi-stakeholder driven, inclusive and participatory actions for a sustainable and resilient future for all.