A positive story coming out of Sri Lanka today. Here is an excerpt from the article, followed by a link to the full article below:
Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests.
A scheme backed by the government will include alternative job training, replanting projects and microloans.
Mangroves are considered to be one of the world's most at-risk habitats, with more than half being lost or destroyed in the past century.
Conservationists hope other mangrove-rich nations will follow suit and adopt a similar protection model.
Commenting on the agreement, Sri Lanka President Maithreepala Sirisena said: "It is the responsibility and the necessity of all government institutions, private institutions, non-government organisations, researchers, intelligentsia and civil community to be united to protect the mangrove ecosystem."
The Sri Lankan government is a joint partner overseeing the measures, alongside global NGO Seacology, and Sri Lanka-based Sudeesa, which was formerly known as the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka.
Read the full BBC article here