Climate Change and Variability and Tea and Coconut Plantations in Sri Lanka



Tea and Coconut cultivation sustains the livelihood of large numbers and supports the economies of many tropical countries.

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Both crops are sensitive to climate variations and change. Therefore, impact studies, mitigation options and adpatation measures are needed to cope with climate variability and adapt to climate change.

This project is a collaborative effort of

Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS),
Coconut Research Institute,
Department of Meteorology,
University of Peradeniya and
Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology and Natural Resources Management Services of the Mahaweli Authority and the
International Research Institute for climate and society (IRI).

The project is funded for three-years under the AIACC program of Global Environmental Facility of the United Nations Environment Program which is administered by Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The upper Mahaweli river basin accounts for 6% of the global tea production. The three-year long IRI-MASL project on climate, water and environmental resources project in the Mahaweli river basin is directly useful for this project, particularly in the Tea sector. The plantations project is supported by the IRI through the participation of Dr. Lareef Zubair as an Investigator.
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