Mangrove project to withstand tsunami
A regional forum under the Mangroves For the Future (MFF) project
implemented in six countries in the tsunami aftermath will begin at
Hotel Heritance, Ahungalle today.
According to the country office of the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the five-day forum will present and
discuss outcomes of the preliminary programmes carried out in India,
Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
It will develop a framework for the actions. The IUCN sponsored forum
will be attended by representatives from the six countries and resource
Being implemented after the Asian Tsunami in 2004, MFF aims at
developing the coastal environment and promoting investment in coastal
Mangroves would act as a natural barrier against Tsunamis thus would
reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities. "The partnership would
not only conserve and restore the coastal ecosystem but also would help
sustain the lives of coastal communities," an official said.
The Environment and Natural Resources Ministry is also involved in
the MFF, she said.