City Interventions

Matara Sustainable Urban Development

Country: Sri Lanka
City: Matara

Key Stakeholders and PartnersMatara Municipal Council (MMC), Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development (MMWD), AFD

CDIA SupportUS$ 550,000

Expected Downstream FinancingAgence Française de Développement

Infrastructure sectorsSolid Waste Management
Flood/Drainage Management
Urban Renewal

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Good Governance

Key City Development Issues

Matara is a dynamic coastal city located in the southern economic corridor of Sri Lanka. It is presently facing serious environmental challenges and is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The city is facing development issues such as inadequate solid waste management and drainage, and a lack of integrated public transport, among others.

Details of Cooperation

The primary objective of the CDIA project preparation study is to identify and prepare a sub-project to improve the urban resilience and livability of Matara and the broader Greater Matara Area (GMA). Four key components were examined before prioritizing the key sectors of intervention:

  • Improvement of solid waste management in Matara taking into account the broader needs of the GMA;
  • upgrading of the city’s flood protection measures, adopting nature-based solutions where possible;
  • improvement of the stormwater drainage infrastructure in the city; and
  • urban regeneration and improvement of city livability in the GMA.

Parallel objectives include the preparation of a climate change vulnerability assessment and an institutional capacity development road map for the Matara Municipal Council and other key project partners.

  • The PPS has managed to successfully identify issues and prioritize sub‐projects, along with related concept designs and initial cost estimates. However, past the midpoint of the study, local conditions became unfavorable to continue the PPS until the final stage.

Expected Development Impacts

Upon implementation, the integrated sustainable urban development project will significantly improve the city’s urban resilience by generating climate-compatible, low-carbon and resilient urban investments. The resilience improvement approach allows to shift infrastructure planning from the design of robust assets to resilient systems that are flexible, diverse, and considering indirect effects, systemic weaknesses, and institutional constraints.

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