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BASF and UN-HABITAT revitalise communities in Sri Lanka

Summary

The German chemical company BASF is working with UN-HABITAT in Sri Lanka and India in its continuing support to the tsunami devastated communities bordering the Indian Ocean

After the tsunami of 26 December 2004, UN-HABITAT partnered with BASF in a unique arrangement that gave rise to an opportunity for private sector engagement. The added value of BASF participation was the provision of technologies and capacities, including those of their partners, to support UN-HABITAT’s integrated approach to sustainable relief, reconstruction and longer-term urban development.

The two activities identified as the focus of the support aim to enhance the technical and financial capacity of local authorities and communities in Galle and Matara, Sri Lanka, to facilitate the recovery and reconstruction process. In Galle, BASF is working with UN-HABITAT to reconstruct a fish market to help local fishing families found a new existence. Under this project, local people will receive training in restaurant management, tourism through a microcredit scheme. This will help them to work in the tourist industry and enhance food safety for seafood consumers.