Natural Resources of The Gulf of Mannar
IUCN Sri Lanka, under the Mangroves for the Future Initiative, supported the University of Ruhuna to undertake a rapid biodiversity assessment in the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) and Palk Bay from February to March 2010, which will be used as background material for formulating a proposal to nominate the Sri Lankan side of the Gulf of Mannar as a Biosphere Reserve under the Man & the Biosphere Programme of UNESCO by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Subsequently, with funds from the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project of the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), IUCN conducted a rapid socio-economic survey during September and October 2010 to provide additional information on the GoM, which will be useful for future work, in particular for management actions. The main objective of the rapid survey was to understand the interactions of the coastal population (defined by the coastal DS Divisions) with ecological systems in the
The first of the series of dissemination workshops was held on 11 November, 2010 at the Mannar District Secretariat which was chaired by the District Secretary, Mr A. Nicholaspillai, and included representatives from the Naval bases in Thalaimannar, Silavatturai and Mannar, the Divisional Secretaries of the four coastal DS divisions of Mannar, representatives from the Fisheries, Coast Conservation, Irrigation, Agriculture, Wildlife and Education Departments, Central Environmental Authority and District Planning Unit.
The findings of this collaborative work between the