PROJECTS
  • CES Field Research Base

    The CES field research base and interpretation centre is located in the hamlet of Diyakapilla and lies approximately 3 km from the World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, on the eastern periphery of the Sigiriya Sanctuary, bordering Minneriya-Giritale Nature Reserve. The field base was established to facilitate eco-cultural resource documentation concerning the cultural and biodiversity of the region and its conservation;and provide training and experience in Dry Zone lifeways for students,
    researchers, and other relevant stakeholders. Further, facilitation of diverse research, training and extension services are provided to organisations with similar interests. The site accommodates 25 to 30 participants, while auditorium and multi-media facilities are available for approximately 50 participants.

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    Biodiversity Monitoring Programme

    Studies on the vertebrate fauna, selected invertebrate groups and vegetation surveys in the Sigiriya Sanctuary form an important component of the Biodiversity Monitoring Programme. The aim of the programme is to facilitate Protected Area management efforts and monitoring the flagship species in the area.Studies reveal that Sigiriya Sanctuary supports over 80% of
    the Dry Zone fauna and flora of Sri Lanka. Of these, about 60% are considered to be threatened from the increased impact of human activities on the environment. Monitoring of mega vertebrate movements, including primate populations, vegetation studies using permanent quadrates, and mapping of the biodiversity of home gardens are some of the highlights of the ongoing biodiversity monitoring programme.CES also facilitates a community biodiversity mapping/registry mechanism for youth and school children in the area for them to have a more in depth understanding of the environment and to promote community participation in maintaining biodiversity in home gardens and farm lands.

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    Conservation Biology Training Programme

    Preliminary to higher certificate level courses in Conservation Biology comprising theoretical and practical training are conducted with a focus on Tropical Biology and Protected Area Management in Sri Lanka. It encompasses theories on Conservation Biology, ecology of the fauna of Sri Lanka and introduction to species identification, In-situ and ex-situ conservation techniques,
    biodiversity and park management, agricultural and range land management,  national and international conservation policies and laws, basic PRA and participatory on farm -biodiversity documentation techniques and community outreach methodologies. Further shot-term courses are conducted in awareness and education on request. Details on the  programmes conducted will be uploaded on the web site on regular basis or may be obtained by email

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    Project Primate

    The Sigiriya region is home to four of the five species of non-human primate species found in Sri Lanka. Two of these species, the Slender Loris and Purple-faced Leaf Monkey are considered to be nationally threatened. This area is also home to the wild elephant population where one can observe Asias largest gathering in Minneriya National Park,during the dry season in July and August.
    CES, has thus, launchedProject Primate and Project Jumbo for conducting research, education, awareness and assisting conservation initiatives to conserve the primate and elephant populations. The programme provides opportunities in volunteering for participation and skills enhancement in its conservation efforts and research activities. CES further manages a Primate Watch and Jumbo Safari programme facilitated by Wildwatch International to raise financial support for the programme and raise education & awareness among visitors. Interested individuals or groups may contact the CES Tourist Information Desk for reservations and advance bookings.

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    Project Jumbo

    The Sigiriya region is home to four of the five species of non-human primate species found in Sri Lanka. Two of these species, the Slender Loris and Purple-faced Leaf Monkey are considered to be nationally threatened. This area is also home to the wild elephant population where one can observe Asias largest gathering in Minneriya National Park,during the dry season in July and August.
    CES, has thus, launchedProject Primate and Project Jumbo for conducting research, education, awareness and assisting conservation initiatives to conserve the primate and elephant populations. The programme provides opportunities in volunteering for participation and skills enhancement in its conservation efforts and research activities. CES further manages a Primate Watch and Jumbo Safari programme facilitated by Wildwatch International to raise financial support for the programme and raise education & awareness among visitors. Interested individuals or groups may contact the CES Tourist Information Desk for reservations and advance bookings.

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    Environmental Education and Awareness Programmes

    A wide range of education and awareness programmes have been launched to promote environmental and cultural resource conservation in Sri Lanka. Seminars, workshops, field camps, expeditions and lectures are conducted for different stakeholders, with a focus on local communities and school children.


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    Monitoring Wildlife Trade in Sri Lanka

    A monitoring study on the trade of nationally and internationally threatened wild species is launched with the technical support of international monitoring bodies. The programme aims to minimise the impact of harvesting wild populations for the illegal and legalised markets and assist Government authorities to control

    wildlife trafficking and ensure sustainability of wild fauna and flora populations in its natural habitats

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    Wildlife Crime Combat Programme

    The CES Wildlife Crime Combat Programme investigates “organized” wildlife crime with special emphasis on the abduction of elephants from the wild and facilitates the legal prosecution process within the mandate of the government authorities concerned.A network of likeminded individuals and organizations was thus,
    established to combat “organized” wildlife crime under the platform of Sentinels Against Wildlife Crime (SAWC) CES plays a key role in preventing abductions of elephants from the wild and has brought the suspects within the “organized” wildlife criminal network before Magistrate Court, District Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the recently established Special High court, in addition to obtaining various court orders for the benefit of illegally held elephants in captivity to ensure there rights as the ”aggrieved party/partiies”.
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    Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme

    This programme involves the facilitation of addressing the needs of the wildlife health management process including wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of rehabilitated wildlife for re-wildling. CES is involved in facilitating the development of existing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facilities within a Private-public Partnership for the benefit of
    wildlife in the Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Rehabilitation Centers in Uda Valawa Elephant Transit Home (ETH), Girithale, Lunugamvehera, Wilpatthu National Park, Block III of Yala National Park and Randenigala and plays a key role in facilitating support for the Wildlife rehabilitation Centre in Atthidiya in Colombo, within a Private-public Partnership Network.

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    Project Leopard

    CES under its “Project Leopard” is facilitating the Human-leopard Conflict (HLC) Minimizing Programme of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), in partnership with other key agencies and support of individuals concerned, targeting the conflict region in the Upper Montane.
    Site-specific Management of Human-leopard Conflict prevailing areas in the Plantation Sector will be targeted, in partnership with the multi-stakeholder network concerned, within a Public-private Partnership Programme established.