Best Practice Guidelines for the Establishment of a Coastal Greenbelt

Author(s): 
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Sri Lanka Country Office
Year: 
2006
Location: 
Rest of Asia
Type of Resource: 
Best Practice / Lessons Learned
Guides and Manuals

The overall objective of these Guidelines is to evolve a systematically designed common approach to restore, rehabilitate and/or recreate a vegetational barrier/buffer (Greenbelt) that may be resilient and stable enough to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects of natural disasters such as cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis. A greenbelt will ideally represent a multipurpose investment, in terms of stabilizing a fragile and unconsolidated beach front in the coastal belt, while at the same time functioning as a wind barrier where necessary, providing shade and protection, enhancing the landscape for recreation and tourism, and providing opportunities for economic returns to traditional coastal communities. (Source: Book - Objectives)