Monthly Archives: April 2018

Urban Green Project for a Cooler Colombo

Timeline– 24 months Funds Required– LKR 13,344,600 The city of Colombo hosts more than two million people whose well-being largely depends on ecosystem services provided by remote natural areas. The fact that nature conservation in the city can contribute to human well-being, and the resulting benefits, are often disregarded. Urban systems in fact host many natural environments rich in biodiversity including a range of ecosystem services and hence, should drive urban people towards increasing urban forest conservation and implementation strategies. Urban tree cover

Unpalatable Crops to Mitigate the Human Elephant Conflict

Timeline- 18 months Required Funds- LKR 6,457,250.00 The Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a major conservation challenge, with crop raiding being a prominent issue in Asian and African elephant range countries. In Sri Lanka specifically, HEC is recognised as the principal threat to the conservation and survival of wild Asian elephants. Increasing human populations and much-needed post-war development are unfortunately seeing humans and elephants pushed into ever-increasing proximity to each other and thus, conflict is on the rise, endangering the safety and

Wildlife Conservation through Citizen Science Participation

Timeline– 24 months Required Funds– LKR 3,344,200 Science requires a lot of data gathering. In Sri Lanka, quite often scientists/researchers lack necessary data, mainly due to limited manpower and as such their work tends to cover limited geographical areas. This is where citizens can play a vital role in supporting to gather data and information which is necessary for the scientific community. Science is not only restricted to scientists. Any citizen who shares a passion in a certain field, and is willing

Project to Establish Public Waste Collection Bins

Timeline -5 months (for a program consisting of 5 bins) Funds required– LKR 260,000 Littering and open dumping in urban areas of Sri Lanka is a common eyesore and health hazard. They act as breeding sites for diseases, generate foul odour and are visual pollutants. The lack of infrastructure and publicly available collection bins are part of the issue and have attributed towards the public developing poor waste management habits to the extent of littering becoming the norm. In order to clean up