Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Fieldwork at Weligama fishing beach

The words 'group work' are enough to make most uni students cringe, but a whole new dimension is added when the exchange of ideas takes place across language and cultural barriers. Our usual modes of communication, and the assumptions of commonality they are based on must give way to a more elemental, considered process, so that both local knowledge and fresh perspectives can balance and harmonise to create intuitive solutions to the issues we are addressing.

Weligama beach (western end)

The western end of Weligama beach is an area removed from the general hubbub of tourism activity, home to the local fishing fleet and the activities associated with it - net mending, drying facilities and a fish market. Traversing the length of the beach, we were able to both observed the daily activities and engage with local fisherman, traders and tourists to get a snapshot off how the area is currently used. In this, our approach has been to ask 'why', as well as 'what' and 'how'.

Fishing boats at Weligama beach


Engaging with local fishermen

 

Our challenge is to preserve the identity of the area while enhancing its character to make a usable and enjoyable space for both locals and tourists, providing for expanding economic growth, and making the area more accessible from the town centre. With rapid changes spreading across Sri Lanka, particularly the Expressway joining Colombo and the south coast, we see the potential for Weligama to carve a niche where internal and international tourists can partake in an array of traditional and contemporary fishing, culinary and recreational practices, preserving and environment and culture that is both uniquely Sri Lankan and widely appealing.

Kate Clarke, Second Year
Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning

2 comments:

  1. Great Article
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  2. 김 대표의 섣부른 행동이 정부 여당의 위신을 갉아먹었어요.

    세상은 김희도 대표의 행동을 모른다.

    그런데 어째서 정부 여당의 위신을 갉아먹었다는 걸까?

    아니지. 내 위상에 금이 갔군요.

    어째서 백호산 대통령 본인의 위상에 문제가 생겼다는 걸까?

    정계의 소식통은 김 대표가 혼자 나섰다고 생각하지 않을 겁니다. 그렇죠? 내가, 이 백호산이 김 대표에게 지시했다고 판단하겠죠. 바로 이 백호산이 윤석에게 한 수 밀렸다고 볼 거라는 말입니다.
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