Coastal Green Belt in Batticaloa: Is Casuarina A Success?

Coastal vegetations act as a barrier from soil erosion, salt spray, wind and provide protection from natural catastrophes as tsunami. Artificial coastal barriers are established for similar functions. This had tremendously increased following 2004 tsunami. Some plant species have been preferred for establishment of artificial coastal green belt. In Batticaloa, Casuarina has been a popular species for the green belt (more than 95%). The overall extent of Casuarina plantation is about 400ha. About 100ha had been planted by Forest Department

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