Mangroves for the Future (MFF) over the past few years has been supporting financially in building capacity of member organizations of the National Coordinating Bodies (NCBs) through several overseas training programmes. In 2012, MFF introduced in-country training based on the needs of respective NCB member organizations and two such programmes were held during that year.
The first of the series for 2013, Training on Economic Valuation of Coastal Ecosystems was held by the Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management Department (CC&CRMD) on 2nd and 3rd May at the Sri Lanka foundation Institute in Colombo 7. The objective of the programme was to train the coastal planners in environmental economic concepts and its application.
The workshop which was conducted by several internationally and nationally renowned Environmental Economists covered topics such as why and how to value coastal ecosystems, Concept of Environmental Economics and its applications, Cost-based approaches to coastal valuation: the example of the Maha Oya estuary (MFF Large Grant Project site) and Valuation in the real world: conducting & communicating valuation studies.
A total of 30 officers from CC&CRMD, Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, Forest Department, Department of Wildlife Conservation Central Environmental Authority and Marine Environment Protection Authority) attended this programme. Of the 30 participants, 18 were Planning Assistants of CC&CRMD offices island wide.
The officers underwent intensive training during the two day programme and will now be able to appreciate the costs and benefits of environmental impacts of coastal sector development activities and integrate such values into decision making process.
The participants commended this initiative, a rare opportunity for the coastal planners and it is understood that CC&CRMD will repeat this training programme at provincial levels.