The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry is making arrangements to launch a special program for sustainable development and management of lagoons, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
The ministry is to launch the program in collaboration with the Fisheries Department and Practical Action Institute, he added.
The minister was addressing a meeting at the ministry to discuss the project focused on sustainable development, and management of lagoons and livelihoods.
The ministry is planning to develop the lagoon fisheries system and uplift the living standards of the lagoon fishing community through this project.
According to Minister Senaratne, the project will be launched under two phases. Six lagoons will be developed under the first phase. Accordingly, Kokilai, Urani, Garaduwa, Kokgala, Madampe and Chilaw lagoons are to be developed at the first phase. The ministry has selected 12 more lagoons for development at the second phase of the project.
The environment and eco-system around lagoons have changed due to building of hotels, factories and houses in the areas. Some are using lagoons to dispose garbage.
Therefore, the eco-system around lagoons have faced a threat.
“This is why we decided to launch a special program for sustainable development and management of lagoons,” quoting the minister Development.lk reported.