Sri Lanka

A young woman holds up a denim dress that she made
In Iranawila village in Puttalam, a district situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka, 90% of the population relies on fishing for their livelihoods....
The destruction of the mangrove forests - which play a vital role in protecting nursery habitats for fish - threatens the livelihoods of the local communities. And although cutting mangroves in that...
A woman in a purple dress stands near two shallow wooden basins filled with fish
On Delft, an island in the Palk Strait north of Sri Lanka, approximately 1,200 out of a population of 4,502 rely on fisheries for their livelihoods....
“Though we were getting huge fish catches, we were not able to sell it all at a fair price. This forced us to dry the excess fish and sell it to local retailers,” said Annet Pathmavathy, a native of...
Mary being interviewed by the MFF MLE team
The northern province of Sri Lanka has gone through some tough times. Between 1980 to 2009, a civil war left over 60,000 people dead, 20,000 missing...
While hundreds and thousands struggled to recover from the tsunami disaster, it was only after the war ended in 2009 that communities could really reorganise their lives and regain a sense of...
The “Abaya vapi” or “Abaya wewa” is the first tank built in Sri Lanka (5th century BC)
Sri Lanka is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean comprised of 48 distinct agro-ecological regions which support rich biodiversity. IUCN started operating in the country in 1988 with the...
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (c) IUCN Elena Osipova
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is undertaking pilot assessments of ecosystem services in two natural World Heritage sites...
Ecosystem services are defined as the outputs of ecosystems – for instance food, freshwater, fertile soils, or regulating processes – from which people derive benefits. These benefits can be...
On August 1, 2017 as part of the larger initiative of the Kelani River Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (KRMP), a workshop was conducted by the IUCN Sri...
The workshop was held at the Vihaga Reception Hall in Meegoda. Mr Jinasiri Dadellage, former Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration and Dr Ananda Mallawatantri, Country Representative of IUCN...
Established in 2000, the National Committee of IUCN Sri Lanka comprised of 12 members; Government and Non-Government agencies representing a cross...
They are the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Department of Wildlife Conservation, Forest Department, Central Environmental Authority, Department of National Zoological Gardens,...
Peak Wilderness Nature Reserve in Central Highland, Sri Lanka
Project title: Enhancing education and awareness on the Central Highlands, a UNESCO World Heritage Serial Property in Sri Lanka Location: The Central Highlands is a serial property comprising...
Leatherback sea turtle. Classified as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™
At a time where increasing pressure is being placed on the environment, the private sector is realising the importance of conserving natural habitats...
Anantara’s first resort was established in 2001 in the coastal city of Hua Hin, Thailand. Since then they have expanded their operations globally to another 10 countries. Recognising how their...
Dr Ananda Mallawatantri, Country Representative of IUCN and Mr Ross Sanders General Manager of Anantara Peace Haven - Tangalle Resort signing the agreement to mark a new
Project title: Conservation of sea turtles and coastal habitats around Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Location: Tangalle to Yala (southern coast) Duration: May 2017 to April 2020...

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