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The Lake Heritage - Sri Lanka

A Project of Nagenahiru Foundation with Collaboration of Eco-Culture Solution

Coastal Lagoons in Sri Lanka is covered extensively with pristine Mangrove Forest providing habitat for large number of site specific flora and fauna species with rich biodiversity couple up with a picturesque landscape.

“The Lake Heritage” based on the utilization of the available resources in the destination Such as pristine environment with high biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and centuries old cultural practices and traditional livelihoods of the local people as a resource base to generate substantial economic benefits from activities such as operating eco-lodges, mangrove tours, Puppet and Mask Dancing, sustainable farming, as well as traditional medicine practices, the local communities will be motivated to protect, conserve and preservation of their resource base to generate alternative income while using it sustainably. The Madampa Lake Wild Life Sanctuary was identified as a coastal lagoon with high potential for offer many Eco Tourism initiatives with a strong base of primary resource to implement a well-grounded Eco Tourism project with proper management able to generate alternative income using their available resources base while motivating the conservation and preservation of their resources based. More over Introduction of tourism with visitor facilities for research, recreation, Eco Camping and other ecotourism activities will be an opportunity to generate additional or alternative income for the local people at the destination.


Unique Biodiversity to Promote Tourism

The “Lake Heritage Project” is located at the Madampa Lake Wild Life Sanctuary on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The region is one of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes in Sri Lanka.

Unique Biodiversity

According to a study conducted by the “Center for Applied Biodiversity Research and Education - Sri Lanka in 2014 - Madampa Lake has one of the most unique biodiversity including different vegetation types such as the predominating mangroves and marshlands.

These vegetation types comprise a total of 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families. The total plant species included 16 endemic and nationally threatened species and 12 invasive alien species.

Due to the broad variety of plants, a large number of invertebrates, reptiles, including snakes, birds, amphibians, and mammals can be found around Lake Madampa Ganga. Whereas the Mugger (Crocodylus palustris) is considered to be vulnerable and the purple-faced Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus) endangered other reptiles such as the estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Flapshell Turtle (Lissemys punctata), Indian Python (Python molurus) are not considered in the red list yet. Madampa Lake provides an ideal habitat for a great variety of birds. A total of 111 bird species (48 families) were recorded. These represented approximately 43 % families of the Sri Lanka native avifauna population.


Ensuring Preservation and Long Term Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge

The “Lake Heritage- Sri Lanka” seeks to respect, recognize, preserve and disseminate the socio - economic and spiritual values of long established traditional knowledge and sustainable village life styles indigenous to Lakes and surrounding wetland areas of Sri Lanka for the benefit of future generation.


Indigenous Knowledge & Cultural Practices

The Lake Heritage - Sri Lanka “seeks to respect, recognize, preserve and disseminate the socio - economic and spiritual values of long established traditional knowledge and sustainable village life styles indigenous to coastal logon areas of Sri Lanka.