Final National Workshop of the pilot project on flood and drought resilience in selected districts in Sri Lanka

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives will be conducting the final national workshop of the pilot project on flood and drought resilience in Ratnapura, Kalutara and Kilinochchi districts.

The objective of this workshop is to share what the project has been able to deliver on and the key leanings. Specifically, we will discuss the opportunities in the policy and legal framework in Sri Lanka for mainstreaming disaster resilience in the context of new norms prevailing in the climate of the country.

The project, which was implemented from June 2018 to Feb 2020 aimed to build resilience and introduce innovative disaster mitigation measures through developing and demonstrating effective labour based models in rural communities. The project followed a dual strategy:1) Introduction of improved land and water resource management practices through promoting and facilitating green jobs that build resilience in disaster-prone districts. 2) Support to policy coherence by integrating “livelihood resilience building” within existing national rural development programmes including disaster response programmes for floods and droughts.

The invitees to this workshop include delegates from the relevant Government ministries, departments, representatives from employers and trade unions, NGOs, private sector and other national level stakeholders.