Refrigerated truck used for selling Aloe vera beverage, Kalpitiya, Puttalam © Kumudini Ekaratne, IUCN, 2012
Majority of communities in Kalpitiya peninsular are highly dependent on the near shore and lagoon ecosystem and they are being exposed to a more vulnerable situation due to the coastal resources depletion. Lack of land-based opportunities, unfavorable conditions, inability to invest on modern fishing gears and crafts to harvest the resources in the deep sea also drive the high dependency on the ecosystems. As a result, to increase their household income they extract more and more resources from the near shore and lagoon ecosystem using destructive methods. The situation has accelerated in the absence of knowledge and proper management systems and also due to removing restrictions with the end of civil war. Considering the facts it is important to focus more on alternative livelihood development which should be low capital and suitable for environmental condition while increasing level of awareness among the coastal communities to ensure the sustainable utilization of the marine and coastal resources in the Kalpitiya area. Considering the prevailing situation MCRCF has introduced Aloe vera cultivation and value added product marketing as an alternative non-traditional livelihood for fisher community in the area. This obtains very positive results so far. Therefore, expansion of cultivation, value added products and marketing opportunities are opened to enhanced fisher folk livelihoods.
32 fisher families
Aloe vera cultivators were women. However, they are assisted by male members of their families. Marketing was done exclusively by males.
1st Oct 2012 to 30th Jun 2013
LKR 1,001,000 (MCRCF)
LKR 62,500 (other partners)