The conservation of fishing cats and urban wetland habitats in Colombo, Sri Lanka through awareness, education and research.
THE FISHING CAT
The terrestrial apex predator of Colombo, the fishing cat is a master angler and a wetland specialist. It’s categorized as Endangered in Sri Lanka, and is one of country’s four species of wild cat.
COLOMBO’S URBAN WETLANDS
15% of Metropolitan Colombo is covered in wetland habitat
Home to 252 floral species (9 Endemic, 9 nationally Threatened and 11 nationally Near Threatened) and 277 faunal species (32 Endemic, 18 Threatened, 18 Near Threatened and 5 Data Deficient).
Prevents the city from flooding by temporarily storing and slowly releasing stormwater.
IMPROVED WATER QUALITY
Silt-rich soil and abundant vegetation functions as a water filter, absorbing harmful toxins, agricultural pesticides and industrial waste from water.
Information extracted from the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project’s Wetland Management Strategy – Technical Report 02