Press release and images on Biodiversity Sri Lanka led Collaboration to Restore Mangroves from Dilmah
Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary is one of only six RAMSAR wetlands in the country, located along the coastal belt between Chilaw and Puttalam cities. Comprising varying forest wetland ecosystems including coastal saltwater ecosystems, and freshwater lakes, the Sanctuary has international significance and also features mangroves. The restoration of the degraded site will incorporate input from all stakeholders to maximise social, environmental and economic impact. The restoration will be managed with the framework of IUCN’s Global Nature-based Solutions Standard. With baseline monitoring conducted by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Life to Our Mangroves is likely to be a successful public-private partnership with benefits to the community and environment in the area.
The commitment was formalized at a ceremony held in the garden of the Dilmah head office just outside Colombo. Together with the Chairperson of BSL’s Board of Directors, Dilhan C Fernando, Heads and representatives of the other collaborating private companies, Citizens Development Business Finance PLC, Dole Lanka Pvt Ltd, Dynawash Ltd, Eswaran Brothers Exports (Pvt) Ltd, National Development Bank PLC, joined the Biodiversity Sri Lanka team at the event.
Biodiversity Sri Lanka originated in 2012 as the Business & Biodiversity Platform, to encourage and inspire business in conservation and restoration. BSL initiated ‘Life to Our Mangroves’ to demonstrate the value of mangrove restoration as a Nature-based Solution (NbS) with the power to address climate change, and socio-economic development challenges – mangroves are ten times more powerful than terrestrial forests in absorbing carbon. The project adds livelihood benefits to the communities in and around the site and offers businesses an opportunity to offset their carbon footprint while paving the way for a blue carbon future in Sri Lanka.
Dilmah, a Sri Lankan family tea business, is a proponent of Blue Carbon initiatives having launched its own projects including seaweed cultivation in Mannar and mangrove restoration in Kalpitiya. More about Biodiversity Sri Lanka at https://biodiversitysrilanka.org/ and project partners.
This article was originally published in The Sunday Times and the Daily Mirror.
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