Life - Ecological Restoration through Partnerships

Biodiversity Sri Lanka
Publicado: 25 Junio 2020
Última edición: 25 Junio 2020
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Resumen

Biodiversity Sri Lanka in partnership with the Sri Lanka Forest Department, IUCN Sri Lanka and selected private sector partners, undertook a pilot project to establish a biodiversity baseline in a 10ha area of degraded rainforest, which was cleared for cultivation and subsequently abandoned, resulting in the colonization of it by the pioneer fern species Dicranopteris linearis, located in the Kanneliya Conservation Forest. The intension was to restore this area using principles of restoration ecology, to enhance its ecological functions, habitat quality, species diversity and its capacity to provide biodiversity and ecosystem services that is in close approximation to the surrounding wet lowland forest of which it was a part previously, before it was converted to its present state. The project aimed to develop a Biodiversity Credit Accrual System for Sri Lanka using the insights derived, with the objective of assigning a unit value for enhanced biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Classifications

Región
Sur de Asia
Escala de aplicación
Nacional
Ecosistema
Bosques tropicales de hoja perenne
Ecosistemas forestales
Tema
Adaptación al cambio climático
Conectividad / conservación transfronteriza
Especies exóticas invasoras
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Marco legal y normativo
Restauracion
Servicios ecosistémicos
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Resilience and disaster risk management
Challenges
Sequía
Lluvia errática
Incremento de temperatura
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Fuegos silvestres
Erosión
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Especies invasoras
Falta de infraestructura
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 9 - Industria, innovacióne e infraestructura
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Metas de Aichi
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 3: Incentivos reformados
Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 7: Agricultura, acuicultura y silvicultura
Meta 9: Especies exóticas invasoras prevenidas y controladas
Meta 10: Ecosistemas vulnerables al cambio
Meta 11: Las áreas protegidas
Meta 12: Reducir el riesgo de extinción
Meta 13: Protección de la diversidad genética
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 17: Estrategias y planes de acción para la biodiversidad
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes
Enfoques para el compromiso empresarial
Compromiso directo con una empresa
Compromiso directo con asociaciones

Ubicación

Halgahawala, Opatha, Sri Lanka

Impactos positivos

Partners involved in the pilot project will be recognized as pioneers in this novel scheme and will be the first private sector companies to earn biodiversity credits from restoration activities, which will be recorded in a 'Bio-register' and may at a later stage be used for managed offsetting of their biodiversity footprint. The project also monitors progress with respect to changes in species diversity and composition in the restored area and measurable changes in ecosystem services such as improvement in soil and water quality and quantity within the restoration site. The project has also provided ample opportunities for staff engagement programs. Partners will contribute towards the formulation of a white paper for consideration of state agencies in the formulation of a well thought out national policy for biodiversity off-setting - thus enabling project owners, with incentives to manage land for conservation purposes for the first time in the country. It is also a means of improving the livelihoods of the surrounding communities through indirect benefits such as improved ecosystem services from the project and direct involvement in terms of employment in the various roles required by the project.

Contribuido por

Harshini de Silva Pandithasekera