Manalkadu sand dunes, Manalkadu © Kumudini Ekaratne, IUCN, 2014
Foresting of Manalkadu sand dunes with Casuarina was started around 1976 by the Forest Department and was abandoned due to the escalation of the conflict. Different actors continued planting and presently about 1,500 acres of neglected forest survives over a stretch of about 08 kilometers and is being subject to wanton distraction and vulnerable to forest fires.
Fisheries is the only livelihood for those living in the neighborhood of the sand dunes and forest. Fishing was prohibited due to security reasons and the community lost its livelihood. They were displaced many times over, lost all their belongings and are now resettled. Manalkadu was severely ravaged by the Tsunami 2004 and the families relocated in new homes. The community has just begun to restructure their lives after the end of three decades of armed conflict.
The project aims at forming a Forest User Group within the Rural Development Societies coming within the forest belt with the support of Department of Forest, Provincial Ministry of Agriculture & Environment and non-state actors linked to it with community participation for its protection and expansion.
Result # 1:Formation of a Forest User Group within the Rural Development Society (FUG-RDS) of Gramaseva Divisions J/418 & J419
Result # 2 –Community awareness and education on forest conservation, management and conservation of nature
Result # 3 – Reconstruct Social Capital
375 families living in Manalkadu.
1. Forest User Group within the Rural Development Society (FUG-RDS) and an Operational Plan
2. Educational material on forestry management
3. Reactivation of traditional civil society organizations (RDSs, WRDSs, CBOs, Religious based organizations
The project will greatly influence the micro environment and contribute to the greening of the sand dunes and preserve the shallow fresh water source. Gender equity will be ensured at all levels.
1. Project should start with PRA and allow the beneficiaries to understand the activities.
2. All stakeholders should participate in a timely manner
1st Sep 2014 to 30th Jun 2015
Partner: LKR 17,000 (Ministry of Agriculture, Agrarian Services, Animal Husbandry & Environment, Northern Province)
Grantee: LKR 251,000