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Green Coast Recovery Project started

06-Oct-2005

The joint project is funded by Novib through the SHO (Netherlands public charity funds. The goal of the project is the recovery of coastal ecosystems to support local livelihoods following the Asian ...
The joint project is funded by Novib through the SHO (Netherlands public charity funds. The goal of the project is the recovery of coastal ecosystems to support local livelihoods following the Asian tsunami of 2004. The total budget is € 4 million, with a main part allocated for community based rehabilitation initiatives. The project period is from June 2005 to December 2006. The project will focus on three tsunami-affected countries in Asia: India, Indonesia and Sri-Lanka; with limited support for policy work and model examples in Thailand and Malaysia. The partnership of the four organisations is based on a common vision and complementarities in terms of expertise, skills and regional networks of the four organisations and their partners. The regional/national network and their partners will implement the project activities. The project management is carried out by Wetlands International in the Netherlands, on behalf of all partner organisations. The overall goal of the project is to recover and support local livelihoods in Tsunami-affected regions through the rehabilitation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems. This goal will be pursued through three interrelated components: • environmental and socio-economic assessments with the dual objective to guide policies and strategies at various levels for sustainable coastal rehabilitation and to identify high priority areas for community based rehabilitation activities/projects; • influencing policies and strategies for coastal rehabilitation and management, particularly to support the Green Coast concept; and • implementation of community based rehabilitation projects (small grants facility). The outcomes of the assessment work will provide a fundamental basis for the policy support, and small grants allocation. An additional objective of the project is to strengthen partnerships between organisations that promote sustainable coastal rehabilitation through integration of environmental and livelihoods concerns. In all components, the project will coordinate with ongoing initiatives and build on achievements made so far. Local capacity building and consultation will be an integral part of all activities. Whereas the project aims to help secure long-term livelihoods of affected coastal communities, it will simultaneously address needs and opportunities to also immediate natural resources dependent basic needs (shelter, food, water, fuel) and means of income generation. The project will ultimately contribute to more secure livelihoods of the beneficiaries through, among others • a healthier/ more intact natural resource base; • better security from damaging storm and flood events; • increased potential for economic development; and • stronger ownership by local communities of the natural resource base. The current project of 1.5 years is a first step in a long-term, structural support programme of at least 5 years, for which additional funding will be sought. On our website we will regularly report on progress and achievements of the project. This information will also be available on the partners' websites: www.bothends.org; www.iucn.nl; www.wnf.nl

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