Colombo’s immense network of wetlands criss-cross the city like the veins of a leaf. They not only provide an important habitat for wildlife, but also regulate the city’s temperature, act as a filtering system for air pollutants and provide aesthetic value to the city.
Colombo’s wetlands are under threat due to the rapid post-war development the city is going through. Many wetlands have been cleared, dredged and filled for various purposes. Therefore, the researchers at the Environmental Foundation Limited wanted to find out what happened to the fishing cats and other wildlife living in these areas, and better understand how we can protect them.