Sri Lanka: Aquatic Resource Development and Quality Improvement Project

Evaluation Document | 28 December 2013

Validates the completion report's assessment of the project, which aimed at sustainable management of market-driven inland fisheries and aquaculture by 2010. IED overall assessment: Successful

Sri Lanka's fisheries sector plays a vital role in meeting the basic nutritional and livelihood needs of its population. However, production from coastal, offshore, and inland fisheries only accounted for about 2.6% to 3.0% of the gross national product annually during 1995-2000. At the same time, consumption of both freshwater and marine fish in rural and urban areas grew from 1986 to 1997 at 7% and 14% per year, respectively.

A third of the rural households residing near the vicinity of the country's perennial and seasonal tanks were living below the poverty threshold in 2000. During that period, their protein intake was only a third of that in urban areas, and fish consumption just about half that of urban communities. Providing the means and resources to produce food both for home consumption and marketable surpluses from these resources surfaced as one of the strategies of the government and ADB not only to reduce poverty but also to promote the sustainable use of the country's aquatic resources.

Sustainable management of market-driven inland fisheries and aquaculture by 2010 was the project's sole expected outcome. This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful


  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other Considerations and Follow-up