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28 Aug 2019 - Protecting Sri Lanka's largest marine sanctuary and reviving its former glory.

Up until recently, not a lot was known about the Bar Reef in Kalpitiya. But by the time we learned its value, we’d nearly lost it forever. 

The Bar Reef, located 2 km off the coast of Kalpitiya, is in fact the largest coral reef and the largest protected marine area in Sri Lanka. While it was declared a marine sanctuary in 1992, the reef remained relatively unexplored or otherwise affected by human activity due to the then ongoing civil war. However, the reef has since taken a dramatic turn for the worst owing to the effects of human activity both on- and offshore as well as natural causes. Today the reefs lie in an area surrounded by 10 buoys to demarcate the area as a No-Go Zone until the recovery of coral reefs. What’s more, a community effort with support from various national and international organizations is underway to help save it before it is too late. 

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://undpsrilanka.exposure.co/restoring-kalpitiyas-reef

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Coral Reefs
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Marine ecosystems
Sri Lanka