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, my team and I 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.