Project Title: Building the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities against floods in Sri Lanka

Seacology has worked to build resilience through its project focused on the conservation of mangroves among vulnerable communities in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka. The region, one of the country’s poorest areas, continues to suffer from the effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the long-lasting civil war that ended in 2009. Mangroves are critical to building resilience: combating the effects of global climate change by absorbing up to 50 times more carbon than other types of ecosystems, acting as a natural buffer against the force of storm surges, and acting as critical nursery grounds for fish, enhancing employment opportunities.

Read the Rethink.Earth article highlight Seacology’s project: Building resilience one mangrove forest at a time

View Seacology’s final project poster here

Facts about the Challenge project


Southeast Asia


Sri Lanka

Team lead

Christine Mania

Lead organization


Local partners


International partners

World Food Programme (WFP)