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  Ensure climate resilience through instrumental policies and community initiatives  
     
   
 

 

 
     
   Project Basics  
     
 
Project Name: Ensure climate resilience through instrumental policies and community initiatives.
     
Objective: Ensure climate resilience through instrumental policies and community initiatives
     
Project Area: Policy activities will have a wider influence across the country and ground level activities targets communities in the disaster-prone GN divisions of the Kalutara District
     
Duration: 2014 (Ongoing)
     
Donor/ Funder: Development Fund, Norway
     
Project Activities: 1. Community based Disaster Management activities
    2. Climate action plans at village level
    3. Training and capacity building workshops
    4. Community awareness raising programs
    5. Environmental awareness creation programs for school students
     
     

 Project Activities and Achievements

     
     
 
Activity Achievements
Community based Disaster Management activities GMSL implemented Community based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Programs in 2 villages, namely Diggoda and Kovilagoda of the Palindanuwara DS division in 2013. For the preparation of the CBDRM plans GMSL conducted a series of workshops with the participation of diverse aged communities with diverse economic and social backgrounds. Notably, majority of the participants were women and they took the leading role in preparing the plan. GMSL went on to develop the plan step by step as it requires patience to sensitize communities in the technical aspects of disaster management. After preparing the plans, GMSL formed two societies for the implementation and monitoring of the disaster management activities at local level. In addition, GMSL provided much needed equipment to the community such as canoes, steel tents, cooking equipment, and life jackets. The program was quite successful and the communities effectively managed flood impact during the flood happened in June 2014 with the knowledge, skills and resources given to them by GMSL.
     

 

     

CBDRM Meetings

     

 

     

In preparing CBDRM plans predominant contributors were women

     

 

     

And they weren’t afraid of raising concerns

     

 

     

A pandal created by the community to welcome everybody for the event organized to distribute equipment – Kowilagoda of Kalutara District

 

Safety of the community is of supreme importance – they were provided life saving jackets to be worn when transporting on canoes

     
 
     
Handing over canoes for the villagers of Kowilagoda - canoes are the only means of transportation during floods   When homes are inundated they evacuated to a shelter and GMSL provided cooking equipments to provide foods for people in shelters (Hadigalla of Kalutara District)
     
 
     
Providing canoes to the villagers in Hadigalla of Kalutara District as per the Disaster Mitigation Plan created by the community for the community   Villagers of Kowilagoda posing a photograph with canoes
     
Environmental awareness creation programs for school students

Improved knowledge and involvement of school students in environment conservation

 

Climate program conducted 2 rounds of school programs covering 1,292 students in 10 schools in Hambantota, Monaragala and Nuwaraeliya districts. The school awareness programs conducted on themes including bio-diversity, health and food security and climate change and the program includes publishing a student’s magazine, providing support for students to involve in environmental activities and addressing the burning needs of identified students.

     
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Children, who will be among the hardest hit in the future despite their little contribution to the climate crisis, reading our climate magazine 

   
 
     
 
     
Distributing climate change magazine among students   A student delivering a speech on what she gained from the program
     
Training and capacity building workshops

Drought Adaptive Home Gardening Trainings

     

Drought adaptive home gardening practices program was implemented in Wetiya GN division of Hambantota district. More than 150 people attended the initial meetings and trained them on home gardening techniques that can be conducted with little water. The participants were very enthusiastic and after the training GMSL provided seeds and tools to start home gardens. GMSL saw a considerable progress in the activity during the year and as the second stage it provided trainings and tools for food processing and agricultural value addition as a supplementary livelihood for the people.

     
     
 
     
 
     
Planning the composition of a home garden
     
 
     
Onsite technical advice on home gardening
     
     
 
     
 
 
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