Metro Colombo urban wetland status report

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As we wrap up our Darwin Initiative project with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka on ‘Increasing the resilience of biodiversity and livelihoods in Colombo’s wetlands’, we’re highlighting some of the key outputs and achievements. First up is the Metro Colombo urban wetland status report.

This report reviews the progress made since the Metro Colombo Wetland Management Strategy (WMS) was developed in 2016 to promote wise use and sustainable management of all wetlands within the Colombo Metropolitan Region.

The review shows that there has been progress in all five of the WMS strategic objectives – recognise, prevent, restore, engage and govern – however, the wetlands are declining in area, and their health has continued to deteriorate. The focus now has to be on empowering all community groups to become actively involved in wetland management decision making, more coordinated management, monitoring and updating of the WMS across institutions, and strengthening implementation of the legal framework.

Read the whole report here.

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Director - The Wildfowl Wetland Trust

Matthew is a consultant with over 20 years experience in delivering natural resource management and community related projects. He has managed projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America. Matthew’s expertise includes community engagement techniques and the design and management of natural habitats and resources to deliver multiple benefits such as livelihood support, biodiversity conservation, flood defence and water quality improvements. He is currently a manager of 35percent Ltd that delivers wetland related projects around the world for clients ranging from communities to private companies to governments to international agencies.