Sri Lanka

Stories of Impact: A series highlighting achievements in disaster risk management - Urban Wetlands - A New Model for Urban Resilience in Colombo

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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• A GFDRR-funded study assessed food risk along both primary and secondary canals, as well as about 2,000 hectares of wetlands in Colombo, informing a $213 million Metro Colombo Urban Development Project supported by the World Bank Group.
• Building on GFDRR-supported analysis, Colombo has become the first city in the world to develop an integrated wetland management plan, which will enable municipal decision makers and urban planners to incorporate Colombo’s wetlands into its food reduction system and city master plan.
• A state-of-the-art Robust Decision Making methodology was piloted to examine the economic value and co-benefits of wetland conservation, such as waste water treatment and recreational activities. This guided the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation to reverse its plan to dredge the wetlands and enhanced climate and disaster resilience.