The project expected results are:
Environmental education, awareness and advocacy:
• Relevant stakeholders, tourists and children, men and women, are sensitized on climate change, marine biodiversity and protection of the coastal environment;
• Environmental friendly touristic practices are encouraged, and awareness is raised on the limits to snorkeling, diving, whale watching, etc.;
• Job opportunities are developed (for both men and women);
• Specific areas are identified as potential protected areas.
Cleanness, accessibility and safety on the shoreline:
• The project areas (of which beaches and seas but not only) have visible bins, waste collection service is ensured and control of the pollution and quality of the seas is encouraged;
• The project areas are accessible to everyone and safe: little infrastructures can be implemented like street lights, sidewalks and encouraging soft mobility;
• Awareness is raised on sexual harassment;
• Infrastructures and services like help and rescue centers with rescue materials can be implemented in pilot areas, and lifeguards trained, including women.
• Major sources of solid waste are identified (especially plastic), and some pilot initiatives are proposed to reduce solid waste and improve waste collection;
• Stakeholders, tourists and children are sensitized on solid waste reusal and upcycling;
• Small local business in the field of waste reuse and recycling are empowered.
Coordination and communication:
Coordination and communication should be disruptive, include a wide range of stakeholders and be a mean to strengthen social links on the topic of environment and natural resources protection, solid waste reduction and safety.
Activities in the project must be carried out in Sri Lanka.
Due to the economic role of the entire Sri Lankan coastline and the tourist attractiveness of most of the beaches, the project will have the greatest possible influence in the country.
It is strongly recommended to include the following areas in priority in the scope of the project:
- North: Jaffna,
- East: Batticaloa and Arugam Bay (an internationally known surf spot),
- South: Tangalle, Dickwella-Hiriketiya,
- Southwest: Galle-Unawatuna and Hikaduwa,
- West: Bentota, Colombo (and in particular the Galle Face Green), Negombo (touristic due to its proximity to the international airport) and Kalpitiya (a significant kitesurf spot).
Civil Society Organisations (CSO), preferably in partnership with other international/local Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) and/or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and/or Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are eligible to apply.