SEDRIC is a new interdisciplinary and international research project in the frame of the IFP Coastal program. It has been granted by a FSPI (Fonds de Solidarité pour les ProjetsInnovants) program under the umbrella of the French Embassy of Columbo, Sri Lanka. The main objectives of SEDRIC are to address the social-ecological change and their impacts in southern and eastern Sri Lanka coastal regions. Among these objectives are (1) the development of a scientific monitoring system based on a remote sensing analysis of land cover and land use change, a deployment of palynology approaches to better understand the historical evolution of the environment, inventories of biodiversity and development of application for tree species identification; (2) an analysis of the evolution of key social, economic and ecological issues related to protected areas, tourism and public infrastructure development; (3) the organization of training and interdisciplinary workshops in Sri Lanka. The project will involve 5 Sri Lankan Universities, a set of NGOs and government administrative bodies/groups and local stakeholders. Training and co-supervision of post-graduate students is a key target of this project.
Contacts: raphael [dot] mathevet [at] ifpindia [dot] org (Project leader); christophe [dot] proisy [at] ifpindia [dot] org (Remote sensing); ayyappan [dot] n [at] ifpindia [dot] org (Ecology); nicolas [dot] bautes [at] ifpindia [dot] org (Social science).