Images of Sri Lanka's Mangroves
A recent 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka ravaged the nation's people, leaving 22% of families without income and 38% of youth without schools. The war also resulted in substantial destruction to coastal swamps and the native mangrove ecosystems. But a new exhibit organized by our affiliate, Seacology UK, showcases the natural beauty of this struggling country--as well as the great fortitude of its people.
The incredible works of art reproduced below are all from a coastal ecology poster competition held amount Sri Lankan youth between the ages of 11 and 19. Many of the scenes depict the rich mangrove swamps that are found in Sri Lanka, as well as traditional fishing and other activities.
Seacology is working to support these children, their families, and their environment. Our recent project in eastern Sri Lanka protects 2,965 acres of coastal forest and swamp, including 642 acres to be replanted. At the same time, we are funding a new resource conservation and livelihood development center, which will provide vocational training to women and school dropouts.