Harvesting aloe vera, Sri Lanka © KEkaratne, 2010
The majority of people living in the Puttalam area are dependent on the already over-stretched fisheries resources of the Puttalam Lagoon and reefs near the coastal areas. Currently, there are about 165,000 people directly or indirectly dependent on the Puttalam Lagoon, including nearly 15,000 active fishers, of which 5,938 fish directly in the Lagoon. It has been reported that lagoon fisheries are already one and a half times the amount that should be harvested sustainably.
In addition, many communities in the Kalpitiya peninsula of the Puttalam District are also needy and poorly educated. Overlaying these constraints is weak coastal management in the area, with the consequence that their income-generating capacities are severely limited. Therefore, initiatives that generate alternative livelihoods to ease pressure on the Lagoon and to supplement the fisher families’ income are needed in the area urgently.
20 women from fisher families.
Direct beneficiaries are women, but they are assisted by male members of their families.
The project has shown how people have begun to appreciate a new health supplement, and are being increasingly encouraged to enter this sub-stream activity.
There is a low harvest of Aloe vera during the dry season, and a higher harvest during wet weather. Conversely, the demand for this beverage was high during the dry season and low during the wet season.
1st May 2011 to 30th Apr 2012