In addition to the lack of sustainable natural resource management frameworks in rural Sri Lanka, limited access to quality education diminishes the opportunities available to young people in these landscapes — many of them remote and lacking basic infrastructure. Similarly, few economic and training options are available for women to increase their family incomes, driving them to continue to put pressure on natural resources without understanding the potential of value and economic potential of biodiversity protection

Women are increasingly becoming the primary economic actors in their households, and due to a lack of opportunity, they often resort to overexploiting natural resources to provide for their families. AWF understands the challenges these women, and their families, face, and we are working to empower women to develop conservation-friendly livelihoods.