The need for and steps towards a master plan for sustainable utilisation of the Batticaloa Lagoon
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This paper reviews the status of the Batticaloa lagoon with reference to its management problems and the need for and steps towards a master plan. It examines the institutional environment and highlights its inadequacies from a perspective of sustainable utilisation of the lagoon as a renewable resource system. The paper argues for a master plan and identifies its objectives and outlines an institutional approach. The major information gaps are also identified and several basic studies proposed towards bridging the gaps. A Batticaloa Lagoon Master Plan Unit with a comprehensive mandate to carry out the tasks of planning, co-ordinating implementation, and monitoring is proposed.
Fra NORAGRIC. Report to NORAD. Sri Lanka, Batticaloa.