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Kelani river upper watershed protection and biodiversity conservation in Sri Pada peak wilderness by Sri Lanka Environment Exploration Society (SLEES) (SRL/01/04)
District: Kegalle  
Grantee: Sri Lanka Environment Exploration Society - SLEES (Non-government Organization)
Focal Area: Biodiversity  
Op. Program: OP3 - Forest Ecosystems  
Project Type: Full  
Operational Phase: Phase 2  
Dates: January 2001 January 2002                                
Grant Amount: 13 599,00 USD
Project Status: Satisfactorily Completed  
Project Types: Demonstration  
Project Details & Results
Kelani river upper waterwashed protection and BD conservation in Sri Pada Peak Wilderness through activities of awareness raising on BD conservation, soil protection measures of the upper watershed of the Kelani River, protection of fauna and flora and orienting communities towards minimising the use of chemicals in agriculture to prevent pollution of the waterways in the area.
Notable Community Participation          
192 Village families are participating in the project activities.
Capacity - Building Component          
Training of communities in soil conservation and organic farming and bio- diversity conservation, and awareness raising of students in 8 schools ( 1500 students
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods          
All activities, especially home garden developement is geared towards sustainable livelihood
Gender Focus          
Over 50 % of the project participants are women.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples          
Not Relevant.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment          
Significant components of the project activities are on awareness raising on the concerned public on global environment issues
Project Results          
The remote village situated in the Sri Pada Peak Wilderness area is a tea growing village. The project attempted to prevent further encroachment of land into tea by the villagers and to educate the communities on biodiversity and soil conservation. 192 village families made aware of environment conservation issues of which 15 families were direct encroachers of the natural forest and 28 families grew tea and spices for a living. Training of communities in soil conservation measures such as