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Karydi, I.Coastal Reformulations and Hydrologic Management in Sri Lanka, after the December 2004 Tsunami. A Landscape Urbanism Methodology”, Feyen, J., Shannon, K. et.al (Eds) Water and Urban Development Paradigms: Towards an integration of engineering, design and management, Proceedings of the International Urban Water Conference, University of Leuven, CRC PRESS/Taylor and Francis, 2008, ISBN‐13: 978‐0415483346, pp 303‐310


This paper focuses on a regeneration and recovery design scheme for Hambantota, a coastal town in the southern part of Sri Lanka, after it was totally destroyed by the tsunami in December 2004. The main objective is to create a landscape that diversifies and fosters the local economy though the regeneration of existing small scale fishing businesses. Principal development potential is seen in combining the three local and interconnected means of income generation: aquaculture, marketing of goods and coastal fisheries. This threefold plan permits a sustainable and flexible compromise between environmental conditioning and economic growth within a water located economy.

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