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Nations Trust WNPS Monthly Lecture

and beyond, 10 Year Landscape Management Plan
19th May 2022 at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH

Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke & Dr. Jinie Dela

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve Landscape (SFRL) covers the globally recognized Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve (SBR) and the Sinharaja World Heritage (SWH), and over 190 other natural forests. It hosts a unique biodiversity covering 36% of this land area.

The Sinharaja Forest Range Landscape Management Plan (SFR-LMP) is a 10-year Action Plan (2022- 2032) prepared by the World Bank funded Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP). It aims to demonstrate integrated landscape level management planning for joint decision making to enable more effective conservation of Sri Lanka’s unique biological diversity in the lowland wet zone, promote sustainable socio-economic development, and enhance the well-being of the local communities. The Project will address various issues such as forest loss, fragmentation, threats to biological diversity, imbalances in soil stability, hydrology and climate change, that all lead to rampant soil erosion and land degradation.

There can be no better than these two eminent academics, who have dedicated their lives to the learning of and conservation of Sri Lanka’s Natural Heritage, to explain this much needed plan, for saving Sri Lanka’s last substantial primary rainforest, and its denizens, from being destroyed forever.

Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke together with Prof Savitri Gunatilleke have been conducting long-term biological and ecological research in Sinharaja, and several other forests in Sri Lanka, over several decades. In recognition of his research endeavours, he has been awarded the UNESCO’s Sultan Quaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation (1997), holds a titular award of ‘Vidya Nidhi’ (Science and Technology, 2005) and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jinie Dela is the lead consultant /ecologist of the consultancy team (TEAMS Consults) that prepared the Plan for ESCAMP. She is currently a visiting academic at the Open University, and is a member of the National Man and the Biosphere Committee of the National Science Foundation, and serves on the National Experts’ Committee on Biological Diversity of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment. She is currently a freelance professional on Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Protected Areas & Environmental Communication. She is also the President of the yet nascent Primatological Society of Sri Lanka.

The monthly lecture of the WNPS is supported by the Nations Trust Bank. We are happy to recommence our physical lecture at the BMICH whilst continuing the both Zoom and FB live for the benefit of the members who tuned from across the Island and the World


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2022-05-19 @ 06:00 PM


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