Sri Lanka success whets international appetite for mangrove conservation

    by Amantha Perera, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Wednesday, 3 August 2016 13:00 BST

Ranjid Manatonga, 50, the caretaker of a new mangrove plantation maintained by conservation group Emace Sri Lanka, checks the quality of the mangroves at the plantation near Lake Bolgoda, south of Colombo. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Sri Lanka's pioneering nationwide programme to save its damaged mangrove forests is bearing fruit a year on, prompting the U.S. conservation group backing it to look for another island country to launch a similar effort.

Since the conservation scheme began, the government has also enacted laws and provided manpower to protect forests, with the navy sending personnel to plant over 36,000 mangrove trees.

The plan aims to set up 1,500 community groups to look after existing mangroves, and to replant around 3,000 hectares within five years.

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