A workshop to assess carrying capacity of Lagoons of Sri Lanka was organised with assistance of Sri Lanka –Norway Bilateral Programme by NARA. Development of lagoons of Sri Lanka has been identified as a strategy to uplift social and economic status of coastal communities through development of aquaculture, tourism, fishing and infrastructure. The project was formulated to achieve targets set by Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2 and 14 by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy. Having Identifying the importance of carrying capacity as an effective tool to avoid many negative impacts to lagoons, experts, Research Professor Pia Kupka Hansen and Dr. Øyvind Strand, from National Marine Research Institute of Norway were invited by NARA to hold five days’ workshop to share experiences between Scientist of NARA, officials from NAQDA, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the ministry.
Additional Secretaries Mr. Senaratne and Mrs. Nissanka, Mr. H.M.K. Gunaratne (Senior Assistant Secretary) from Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy, Prof. Daya Edirisinghe (Chariman, NARA), Mr. Nuwan Prasantha Madawa Arachchi (Chairman, NAQDA) and Dr. H.M.P. Kithsiri ( Deputy Director General, NARA ), were participated to inaugurate the workshop.
The workshop will be conducted at Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo from 1st to 5th October 2018.