Cost of erosion control increasing in Sri Lanka coastal regions
Mar 01, 2016 13:40 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT – The cost of controlling erosion in Sri Lanka’s coastal region, which generates almost half of economic output and are critical for the vital tourism industry has been increasing in recent years, a new study has said.
Due to coastal erosion, critical infrastructure, human settlements, the livelihood of rural people and two major sectors, tourism and fisheries, are severely affected, according to the study published by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA).
“Coastal protection expenditure during the recent past is alarming,” the report said.
About 1,520 million rupees has been spent on erosion control between 1985 and 1999 while more than four billion rupees has been spent during 2000 – 2006.
“Over one billion rupees worth of projects have been implemented to protect the coast recently -a classic case of hazards arresting development,” said the report.
It was presented at a forum organised by Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management and Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies in collaboration with Asian Disaster Reduction and response Network.
The report noted that over 44 percent of national Gross Domestic Product is generated in the coastal region where an estimated quarter of the population lives.
“The coastal region in Sri Lanka provides home and livelihood for a large population whilst contributing significantly to the national economy,” it said.