Planting Pandanus in the coastal belt of Kandakuliya, Kandakuliya, Puttalam © Kumudini Ekaratne, IUCN, 2012
The density of fisher families is generaly high in the Kandakkuliya area. Coastal erosion is on the rise and this will have two fold impact on the families; threat to their dwelling and also to livelihoods.
The erosion is mainly due to lack of plants in coastal belt due to clearing of vegetation and sand dunes by Beach seine fishermen to gain more surface area for their activities, heavy winds and storm waves experiences in the area and lack of knowledge on sea erosion.
The project aims to minimize the erosion in the long run throughh planitng 600 pandanus.
Fisher families in Kandakuliya
The Pandanus plants will act as a wind barrier and reduce coastal erosion.
Both men and women in the coastal community will be benefitted.
Commencing planting in the monsoon season is important to minimize cost of watering the plants.
1st Aug 2012 to 31st May 2013