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Rush and Reed Conservation and Diversification Program, Sri Lanka

Rush and reed plant species were once abundant in the wetlands of Sri Lanka and incorporated into the rice paddy fields, providing farmers with an additional resource to create household goods such as bags and mats. The influx of cheap manufactured products in the 1980s coupled with the chemical inputs advocated under the Green Revolution saw rush and reed habitats become neglected and/or degraded. Among the negative effects of this was a decrease in soil fertility as well as a loss of income streams from handicraft production.