FP124

Strengthening Climate Resilience of Subsistence Farmers and Agricultural Plantation Communities residing in the vulnerable river basins, watershed areas and downstream of the Knuckles Mountain Range Catchment of Sri Lanka

Strengthening Climate Resilience of Subsistence Farmers and Agricultural Plantation Communities residing in the vulnerable river basins, watershed areas and downstream of the Knuckles Mountain Range Catchment of Sri Lanka

The project seeks to strengthen the adaptive capacity of smallholder subsistence farmers to address climate-induced irrigation and drinking water shortages by improving the resilience of farm- and land-management practices, and by climate proofing the underlying ecosystems in the Knuckles/Amban Ganga highlands and lowlands.

The project covers the upper watershed and downstream areas of the Knuckles Mountain Range, which is a UNESCO heritage site that includes key biodiversity hotspots and forest reserves. The region is dominated by tea plantations and forests (natural and plantation) along with other field crops and home gardens. The water absorbed and released is used for power generation, agriculture within the mountain and downstream areas, and domestic consumption. The reservoirs in the upstream catchment are the primary source of irrigation water for agriculture and other livelihoods in the downstream command area, of which 24 per cent is covered in irrigated rice. Increases in temperature and windspeed as well as a shift in the intensity of seasonal rainfall are observed to accelerate the intensity and frequency of extreme events, such as floods, landslides and droughts that are erosive. Increased erosion and sedimentation in the upstream catchments reduce the reservoir capacity as well as soil quality, in turn, increasing the water shortage and food insecurity for the region, mostly affecting the smallholder and subsistence farmers.

Total project value

 

Beneficiaries

 

Direct
268,643
Indirect
1,074,573
Theme

Adaptation

Result areas

Project timeline

Pipeline

26 Jun 2018 - 626 days

Funding proposal received

26 Jun 2018

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

08 Aug 2019

Cleared by iTAP

23 Jan 2020

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

11 Feb 2020

FAA executed

12 Mar 2020

Approved

12 Mar 2020 - 122 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

12 Mar 2020

Under implementation

Completed

01 Jan 2026

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

USD  
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

InstrumentAmount
GrantUSD 39,775,000

Cofinancing

CofinancerInstrumentAmount
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 9,200,000

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Accredited Entity

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Ms. Sheila Aggarwal-Khan
Director, GEF / GCF Coordination Unit
Rue Mauverney, 28, Gland, Switzerland
Phone +41229990292
Sheila.aggarwal-khan@iucn.org
Mr. Sébastien Delahaye
GEF / GCF Portfolio Manager
Rue Mauverney, 28, Gland, Switzerland
Phone +41229990251
Sebastien.Delahaye@iucn.org

National Designated Authority

Sri Lanka

Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources

Mr. A. H. Wijesinghe
Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources
No. 416/C/1, "Sobadam Piyasa" Robert Gunawardhana Mawatha, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Phone +94 11 2034121
Phone +94 11 2034122
sec@env.gov.lk
Dr. R.D.S Jayathunga
Director of Climate Change Secretariat
No. 416/C/1, "Sobadam Piyasa" Robert Gunawardhana Mawatha, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Phone +94-11-2034192
sunimal68@hotmail.com