Fund A Project

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

Reconciliation and Communal Harmony through Environmental Sustainability, with “Sustainable Living” Skills Development Centres in Jaffna and Hambantota Districts

Sri Lanka has been progressing through a period of post-war rebuilding and development for more than 6 years, bringing opportunities of reconciliation and peace building. In the wake of this trend there is a need for economic security for communities that are prevented from participating fully in economic, social, and political life of the country as a whole. The two communities targeted in this project from Jaffna and Hambantota Districts are both communities that play a significant role on the economic

Improving Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) System in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system and the Environmental Protection License (EPL) processes are the two main regulatory tools used for environmental protection and management. Whilst the EIA system focuses on ‘pre-project’ planning and approval processes, EPL is a mechanism which regulates and measures ‘post-project’ environmental protection and quality.  The legal framework for EIA system for the entire country was first enacted under the National Environmental Act (No. 56) in 1988. The procedures stipulated in the act mandate EIA,

Empowering youth leaders in Ratnapura district to minimise environmental degradation in the area

Sri Lanka and Western Ghats of India have been grouped together as one of the 34 global hotspots for biodiversity based on a global measurement of concentrations of exceptional terrestrial biodiversity under threat, implying that biologically they are among the richest and most endangered on earth. Ratnapura District is one such hotspot in Sri Lanka, having Singharaja forest which is also recognised as a World Heritage rain forest and a ‘Peak Wilderness’ area among other protected areas. However, deforestation for