Sri Lanka dry zone eco activists offered World Bank grant

Feb 27, 2010 (LBO) – Community organizations in Sri Lanka’s dry zone could get apply to get a grant of up to 9000 US dollars under a program that promotes environmental friendly agriculture, water and waste management, the World Bank has said. The lender’s Colombo office is calling application to give grants under its Civil Society Fund (CSF) 2010 which is operating under a theme of “Development and Climate Change Building Community Resilience in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka.”

The World Bank says water scarcity in the ‘dry zone’ area of Sri Lanka is one of the biggest challenges faced by people living in this area, which is also a key area of agriculture production.

“Innovative approaches to dealing with the causes and consequences of climate change will be critical for the future”, World Bank’s country director Naoko Ishii said in a statement. The lender is looking for projects that will propose “innovative mechanisms to adapt to and mitigate climate change” related to “sustainable agricultural practices at the household level, water management and managing solid waste.”