UNDP gives US$38mn to support dry zone communities in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – The United Nations Development Programme said it will provide US$38.1 million to strengthen water management in Sri Lanka’s dry zone and improve irrigation and drinking water supply to 770,000 people in three river basins as well as early warning systems.

The funds for the project, which will cover the Malwatu Oya, Yan Oya and Mi Oya river basins, will be given under the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the first time that Sri Lanka has received funding from the GCF, a UNDP statement said.

The Green Climate Fund, the main international funding body for climate action, has approved funding for Sri Lanka for its Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project.

Sri Lanka’s proposal, prepared by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will enable the Government to implement integrated solutions to water management.

“The project aims to achieve higher levels of food, livelihood and water security for communities in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka,” the statement said.

“GCF resources will therefore be invested in improving the community irrigation water infrastructure and associated agricultural practices, scaling-up decentralized drinking water systems and strengthening Early Warning, forecasting and water management systems to enhance the livelihood and resilience of smallholder farmers, particularly women, from climate related impacts.”

UNDP will work with a number of government institutions to support the Government of Sri Lanka to deliver this project, which will be implemented from 2017 to 2024.
(COLOMBO, Oct 20, 2016)

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