IWMI Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts on Water and Agriculture in Sri Lanka

July 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a research report titled "Impacts of climate change on water resources and agriculture in Sri Lanka: A review and preliminary vulnerability mapping."

The report underscores the importance of projecting vulnerability impacts on food security and states that Sri Lanka's mean temperature may increase by 0.9-4 degrees Celsius by 2100. It suggests that these changes will increase wet season irrigation needs by 13-23% by 2050, and that coconut yields will not be adequate to meet local needs by 2040.

The report highlights a new pilot climate change vulnerability index based on exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. It maps these impacts on farming districts in Sri Lanka and underscores the need for more detailed vulnerability assessments for water resources and agriculture. IWMI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [IWMI Report]