Based in Kalpitiya in Northwest Sri Lanka, this marine project is directly addressing the conservation issues affecting Sri Lanka’s marine wildlife and is providing opportunities for ecotourism and alternative livelihoods to promote sustainable development in the area.
“The most amazing experience was watching the dolphins. We took a boat out to sea in the morning and saw hundreds of Spinner Dolphins in their natural habitat.”
Alina Seitz, GermanyUK
About the Marine Conservation
More than one million people depend upon fisheries for their income and fish is the major source of protein in local diets. There is very little information available about the status of Sri Lanka’s vulnerable and endangered marine ecosystems. Therefore this marine project is both critical and timely.
The territorial waters of Sri Lanka are rich in marine species. Five of the world’s seven species of turtles nest along the coasts of Sri Lanka. Thirty species of marine mammals inhabit the offshore waters. Sixty-one species of sharks belonging to seventeen Families in five Orders have been recorded in Sri Lanka.
Kalpitiya is located in the Puttalam District in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is known for its natural environment and is a marine sanctuary. The Kalpitiya- Karaitive-Puttalam Coastal Wetlands Complex includes the Puttalam Lagoon, which is the largest inland brackish water body in Sri Lanka.
Volunteers can expect to have at least one day off each week and are free to travel in the local area during this time. There are several interesting opportunities available for day trips, which usually are arranged by the volunteers themselves with advice from the local staff…..TBC