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Integrating urban agriculture and forestry into climate change action plans: Lessons from Sri Lanka

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This case study aims to illustrate how the Western Province in Sri Lanka is promoting urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as a strategy to reduce vulnerability to climate change, while at the same time enhancing urban liveability and livelihoods. Key messages include that the province is promoting the re­habilitation of flood zones through their productive use as a strategy to improve storm water infiltration and mitigate flood risks. It is recommended that future upscaling of these interventions will need new urban design concepts and the devel­opment of a provincial climate change action plan, in parallel with a revision of local and national policies. The paper argues that achieving this progress on policy will require improved impact moni­toring and awareness raising at all levels of government, partnership and capacity building and local financing.

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