Media get an opportunity to witness issues related to ecosystems with special reference to tourism development in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka
14 March 2011 | News story
The coastal stretch from Pottuvil to
These attractions draw a large number of local and international tourists to the area making it a tourism “hot spot” and with the dawn of peace in 2009, visitation by both local and international tourists to places of attractions has increased significantly. The resulting unplanned development activities are expected to increase which will contribute to habitat degradation. The area is also famous for traditional fishing.
At a recent workshop organized by IUCN in partnership with the National Academy of Science, Sri Lanka on Tourism Development and Coastal Management on the Southeast Coast, a number of issues related to tourism development were highlighted (Report on the web).
In order to facilitate the media to get first hand information on issues related to ecosystems and tourism development, a media excursion to Pottuvil –
Six print and electronic media agencies including the national TV channel participated. In
On the following day, after enjoying the panoramic view of sun-rise, which is somewhat rare for those from the sun-set region on the western area of the country, the team took a stroll down the coast to witness the issues they discussed on the previous evening. Several fishermen were also interviewed to get their side of the story.