Tools and Guidelines for Watershed Management in the South-Western Region of Sri Lanka for Increased Climate Resilience

This manual presents tools and guidelines for watershed management, specifically formulated for the local context. It was created to aid local government officers and other land user groups to incorporate better land use management practices in development activities and work with communities.

The rural and agrarian economy is vulnerable to climate driven disasters, which occur with increasing frequency in Sri Lanka. As such, the informal work and workers based around plantations in the region undergo recurrent disruptions due to adverse climate-related incidents. This publication presents a replicable model useful for mitigating and building disaster resilience in an acutely climate vulnerable sector through the proper management of watershed areas. The ILO intends for its use as a practitioner guide by local development officers and other stakeholders to make informed decisions in land-use management in watersheds, together with its communities.