CCC launches Blue Car­bon Man­grove Project with KSL

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - CSR -

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the UNESCO In­ter­na­tional Day for the con­ser­va­tion of the man­grove ecosys­tem, The Car­bon Con­sult­ing Com­pany (CCC) and Kitesurf­ing Lanka (KSL) jointly launched the ‘Kitesurf­ing Blue Car­bon Project’, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The project iden­ti­fied suit­able ar­eas around KSL’S property to plant and re­ha­bil­i­tate de­graded man­groves and en­sure their sur­vival for fu­ture for­est cov­er­age. In a joint plant­ing cam­paign be­tween CCC, KSL, their ho­tel staff and guests, 1,000 man­groves were planted in the la­goon ad­ja­cent to the property. Over the next 10 years, the ho­tel will pre­serve the man­groves with a vision of build­ing a ‘Green Wall’ - pro­tect­ing against tsunamis, cy­clones and ty­phoons - along the property perime­ter.

Man­groves of­fer an ar­ray of valu­able so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits that di­rectly im­pact the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, re­silience, and adap­tive ca­pac­ity of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The project part­ners with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties through ac­tive en­gage­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion in all stages of the project with a fo­cus on shore­line pro­tec­tion from ero­sion and im­proved bio­di­ver­sity with pro­tec­tion of en­dan­gered flora and fauna. Ex­pand­ing the project in fu­ture en­vi­sions lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers be­ing ac­tively in­volved in and ben­e­fit­ing from the sourc­ing, grow­ing, plant­ing and main­tain­ing the newly planted man­groves. Mak­ing the man­grove project part and par­cel of KSL’S daily op­er­a­tions is an im­per­a­tive part of the project.

“Our mis­sion is to pro­tect the earth we live in as much as pos­si­ble and limit the im­pact our ho­tel and guests have on the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Kitesurf­ing Lanka Co-founders Dil­siri We­likala and Leo Moret. “Ini­ti­at­ing things like the man­grove project al­lows us to pro­tect the sur­round­ing ecosys­tems and to re­store the habi­tats of sea life that are in dan­ger due to climate change. We truly be­lieve that if we all work to­gether, we can make the world a bet­ter place and en­sure the sur­vival of our shore­lines and nat­u­ral habi­tats. We have in­volved our guests in ev­ery as­pect of the man­groves, from phys­i­cally plant­ing them to help fund­ing the pro­gramme, and our guests have been de­lighted to be a part of it.”

In ad­di­tion to the so­cial ben­e­fits the man­grove project will pro­vide, CCC will as­sess the car­bon se­ques­tra­tion of the man­groves - a con­cept glob­ally gain­ing recog­ni­tion as ‘Blue Car­bon’, and al­lo­cate the car­bon se­ques­trated against the guests’ car­bon foot­print dur­ing their stay at the ho­tel as an en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pen­sa­tion mech­a­nism an­other con­cept mak­ing waves in­ter­na­tion­ally as ‘Car­bon Inset­ting’.

Com­ment­ing on the oc­ca­sion, CCC CEO Sanith de S. Wi­jey­er­atne said: “It’s an hon­our to be work­ing with clients like Kitesurf­ing Lanka who are ma­jor play­ers in pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and tourism. As the threat of climate change looms around us, man­groves are our al­lies in the pro­tec­tion of Sri Lanka’s shore­lines and coastal com­mu­ni­ties. This man­grove project is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka with the aim of re­plant­ing, restor­ing, and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the sur­round­ing area of KSL’S property.”

Kitesurf­ing Lanka (www. kitesurf­ is a tran­quil es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of ev­ery­day life. Nes­tled in a quaint area in Kal­pi­tiya sur­rounded by na­tive land­scape and just steps away from the Lac­cadive Sea. Born out of the love of Kitesurf­ing and Na­ture, widely re­flected in their sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives like ban­ning plas­tics and un­der­tak­ing reg­u­lar beach clean-ups and proper dis­posal. Apart from their am­bi­tious Man­grove project, they are ac­tively in­volved in com­mu­nity outreach pro­grammes to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity on Sus­tain­able Tourism and es­tab­lish­ing vo­ca­tional train­ings to cre­ate nat­u­ral prod­ucts, like Ayurvedic Soap, Sun Block and Tooth­paste, con­tribut­ing to ad­di­tional in­come sources for the com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the ho­tel. KSL dreams of be­com­ing 100 per­cent re­new­able and cre­at­ing a fleet of electric tuk-tuks to add on to their sus­tain­abil­ity port­fo­lio.

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