Sri Lankan mangrove preservation efforts turn to local women to lead the work.
- The country’s new mangrove protection scheme relies on women to tend the trees, which are vital to the area’s ecosystem and protect against flooding and erosion.
- Sudeesa, an environmental protection organization, provides the women with financial assistance (from $50 to $2,000 each) and training.
- The program hopes to establish 15,000 community groups, providing 15,000 with job training and micro-loans.
“Now we know – and from us, our husbands and our community also have become aware.”
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