A pilot landscape management project was proposed in Hingurakgoda DS Division in the Hurulu-Kawudulla-Kantale landscape for testing and gathering first-hand experiences for landscape management. This proposal was submitted for World Bank feedback and launched in February 2021. The activities focused on the Kithul Uthuwa village in the Singhagama Grama Niladari Division in Hingurakgoda.
Community meeting in progress
The activities of the pilot project implemented by ESCAMP includes habitat enrichment and management in protected areas, restoration of degraded forest areas, agro-forestry, home garden development, agriculture development, timber-farm establishment, construction of agro-wells, livelihood development and ecotourism development within the landscape.
Selected waterhole for development
The landscape approach being a multi-stakeholder collaborative conservation and development process, many stakeholders such as Climate Smart Irrigated Agriculture Project (CSIAP) overlooked by the World Bank; Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project (CRIWMP) overlooked by UNDP; Coconut Development Board; and so on took part actively and integrated their work with ESCAMP.
Promoting livelihood activities
This pilot project is being implemented with the collaboration of all key stakeholders operating in the area including the Forest Department, Department of Wildlife Conservation, Department of Agriculture, Export Agriculture Department, Coconut Cultivation Board, Ministry of Environment and the Irrigation Department, while the Hingurakgoda Divisional Secretary’s Office is providing their complete support.