Establishing a marine conservation coordination centre in north-west Sri Lanka (LK2).
This project seeks to improve the conservation of dugong and seagrass hotspots by strengthening legal, administrative and technical capacity with the participation of relevant government institutions, local communities and businesses, and non-governmental organisations.
LK2 aims to establish a marine conservation coordination centre in north-west Sri Lanka, featuring computerised communication systems to overcome the current lack of communication between the head office of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), the Navy and Coast Guard, and local communities. This will facilitate the recording of incidents such as sightings and animal or habitat destruction, allowing immediate responses and remedial measures to be implemented.
Permanent officers, including members of local communities will be trained and posted to the centre, and the data recorded will be used to create a dugong conservation database to assist and strengthen law enforcement activities.
National Plans of Action and best practice guidelines for dugong conservation including recommendations for tourism, fishing and other business activities will also be developed to ensure community participation in dugong conservation efforts.
It is hoped that through the engagement of local communities and businesses LK2 will generate greater awareness of the status of the marine environment, the importance of marine biodiversity (including dugongs) to local livelihoods and businesses, and the potential for green jobs and industries to drive sustainable socio-economic development.
- Establish a marine conservation coordination centre, operated by locally recruited officers.
- Develop a communication network including government institutions and local communities.
- Train officers on network maintenance, boating, diving, communication and other necessary skills.
- Develop and finalise best practice guidelines for dugong and seagrass ecosystem conservation with input from other projects in Sri Lanka.
- Develop and maintain a dugong and seagrass conservation database, featuring all available information and conservation guidelines.
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You are one shameful piece of a shit department!! What were you doing recently while the Galgamuwa tusker had to give it's life?? I suggest that all of you in your money wasting, inefficient, stupid department to quit your jobs and start doing something else you are good at!!! Something like sleeping?????
Shame on you guys... why does this ministry even exist?
Sri Lankan birds in DANGER in the name of science and must stop immediately. I was very shocked to learn about what had happened to some birds at Sinharaja Rain Forest recently. During my last holiday visit to Sri Lanka, on my visit to the forest I was astounded to hear of an event which had taken place here in the “NAME OF SCIENCE”. There had been birds entangled on the mist nets put up and sadly died due to absence of a trained person and not attending to rescue by the relevant persons on time due to the researcher had gone away to Colombo! The research project was on birds there conducted by some students under the supervision of a scholar of a university in Colombo. They had been ringing birds and the nets had been left abandoned at a certain point and many birds had been entangled and the researcher, a novice apparently with no training in ringing had not been present at the site. Later, the local guides at Sinharaja had informed the office there and learned that the researcher had left the site as stated, and immediately the relevant wildlife authorities had been informed and action had been taken to release the entangled and take out the dead birds. I was also told that the mist nets had been confiscated. People claim that the whole event which needs litigation against the relevant researches and the supervisors as well was swept under the mat. If it was a poor villager picking fire wood to feed their families in a wildlife reserve or forest reserve, then the consequences will be immediate and action taken leading to custody and then taken to courts and fined or even imprisoned. This kind of event is uncalled for as the consequences to these endemic birds are perilous as they are endangered. I still remember similar tragedies regularly happened to birds caught in the mist nets put up at Bundala National Park (Ramsar Site) and other few sites in the bird ringing programs conducted by an organization affiliated to a university in Colombo. I myself have participated in some of these bird ringing programs and seen things happen to these birds, and with total sadness left this organization as the guilt I for myself could not stand. The members who participated very well know what happened in the past and hundreds of birds have died, legs broken wings and feathers damaged while extracting and ringing of birds. It was due to sheer negligence and lack of experience of the people involved.in such work. It is a very sad situation and some people like me involved were not happy about the birds getting injured. So I dropped off form these programs and left the organization. The sad story is that it is said that the same is still happening at Bundala. During my time it was pathetic, just seeing a few participants trying to fix broken legs of birds with pieces of Bristol board and tape! It was even crime to hear when seniors saying that it was okay as such damages are unavoidable in this type of scientific studies! Probably the same justification is still being repeated in such situations! There were some participants who photographed injured birds too. I witnessed with my own eyes the sacrificed dead birds being buried at palugass mandiya where camp was set up at Bundala National Park (Salt pans). I wonder whether there are still some skeletal remains there of such dead birds from recent times! Some of you who know this may deny the facts, for the mere sake of survival within the organizations you represent. It is well known internationally that bird ringing is a very delicate job and needs thorough training under an expert bird ringer, before one can start extracting birds from mist nets for ringing subsequently graduating to a license to ring birds. I have witnessed this where I live. But sadly it is not the situation in Sri Lanka and it is the obvious reason why birds get damaged. Apparently funding comes largely from various organizations for these local bird ringing programs. The whole situation cast a doubt whether the higher-up personnel of the organization care about the funds instead of birds and their conservation? I strongly think this now is the time to cry out loud and let the world know of this atrocity which has been taking place for years. Please share this and voice your opinion so that these events would not happen and necessary action is taken in order to save these birds.
please investigate on this person who kills wildlife www.facebook.com/367157203453413/photos/a.367186053450528.1073741828.367157203453413/552008521634...
Dear Director of Department of Wildlife Conservation I write to you today to request your immediate and urgent attention to alleviate the appalling and harmful conditions being experienced by the baby elephant Ganga confined at Gangaramaya Buddhist temple. I am appalled by the complete reversal of the Court Order issued February 2016, which was set to ensure her safety and wellbeing in Protective Custody. This elephant is kept in inadequate space, restricted movement, chained, beaten and the list continues. It is profoundly disturbing to witness that the calf is living in wholly inadequate and deprived conditions.Not even the most basic requirements for husbandry are being met. There is clear evidence of extreme cruelty and confirm that the baby is in severe emotional distress. She displays stereotypical signs of stress, boredom, and frustration. A video of the elephant that I have seen shows that she is constantly rocking and swaying. She is repeatedly pulling against her chains. She displays what is known as "cow eye" (or the huge wide open eye) and is seen biting her trunk. I have also watched a video of the baby being in a pool of water, still chained being beaten for no apparent reason. This behaviour is cruel and inhumane. I have been following the news of Baby Ganga with many others from all around the world. We are hoping that you use your influence and power to make some positive change not only in the life of this elephant but in the wellbeing and protection of all animals in Sri Lanka.
Why only Kaudulla?
Department of Wildlife Conservation, Sri Lanka Shame shame shame.... www.facebook.com/NewsfirstSL/videos/1889340011126248/
Elephants should never be in chains! Quit abusing elephants or you will never be free!!!!!!! No more chains for elephants. It is barbaric and inhumane!!! Civilized societies do not do this to elephants.
You people didn't even try to maintain facebook page. so how can we expect protection for innocent animals. please stop passing the ball to each others. it's not too late. we need to start animal GPS tracking & monitoring system. specially for elephants. most of countrys are doing that. we also need to do this. we all sri lankan people like to help you. let's start this project and save animals.
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What the F do the wild officials do F all
හොද දෙයක්. අනිවාර්යෙයෙන්ම වනසම්පත් සුරකිය යුතුයි.නීතිය කඩකරනවුන්ට තරාතිරම නොතකා දඩුවම් දිය යුතුයි.
Shame on you people. Please do something for the country.Do something for these innocent animals. m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1737204019686548&id=100001909015097
This is for your urgent attention & action - www.facebook.com/jagath.perera.9/posts/1983692745038489
There will be no wild life left in Sri Lanka ...the birds will disappear ...elephants will be abused in temples and break their backs on tourist rides ...leopards run over and trapped. ...only foul selfish hippocritical people will remain. Dont forget elephants in chains in temples and dreadful Pinnawela hell hole ...
I visited the Yala national park on on 29th December 2018. I decided that it was the last time I will be visiting the the Yala National Park. It is not worth visiting a park that is poorly managed and is a complete rip off...The safari is priced at 5000 Rs for local and whopping 20,000Rs for foreigners!It is totally outrageous to charge such exorbitant amounts from the foreigners. The tourists in the safari jeeps looked utterly disappointed. Shouldn't we encourage more visitors to visit Sri Lanka? The entrance ticket prices for parks, archeological sites for foreigners should be reduced to encourage tourism.. I noticed that the number of animals have dwindled. Has the department of wildlife investigated the cause for this. Ideally there should be animal breeding programme once the cause of the dwindling animal population is identified along with a research facility. Yala has become a commercialised with so many safari vehicles owned by private operated who have no regard to wildlife. I am wondering whether the noise of these vehicles are scaring animals away. Shouldn't electric vehicles be introduced for these parks? Why can't the Department of Wildlife study how parks in other countries are managed and implement it in Sri Lanka...
what action have you taken on this wild life officer who killed an innocent exhausted elephent - youtu.be/lBhrDoOvjbM
To Whom It May Concern Need for immediate action to protect the World Heritage Sinharaja Rainforest Many letters have been written on the subject of protection of the Sinharaja Rainforest and its importance, however despite numerous petitions, complaints and existing policies regarding the protection of the forest, little or no action seems to have been taken to stop the ongoing destruction of this precious rainforest. As a resident living close by, I am witnessing on a daily basis the ongoing destruction. I would insist on immediate action regarding the following points: Logging Despite the forest looking full from the outside, in fact, within the forest, there are huge areas where logging has taken place. This is taking place on such a large scale that it is impossible that the forest rangers and officials are unaware of this. The officials are simply turning a blind eye to what is going on. Border encroachment The forest borders are constantly changing due to the tea plantations encroaching on the forest boundaries with tea planting within the forest. This is done in such a subtle way that it is is hard to notice. The tea is planted within the forest boundaries and then when he tea plants have matured and are seen to be part of an existing plantation, the trees are then cut down. If checked it is possible to see that the existing forest boundary today does not correspond to the official boundary map. Trapping Illegal trapping of wild animals around and within the forest continues to take place despite the widely publicised incident of 5 rare black leopards being killed about 5 years ago. Extremely illegal wild bush meat is blatantly being sold in Deniyaya shops and other shops bordering the forest. These traps also create serious hazards to researchers and other explorers. Why are the shops selling illegal meat not punished for selling illegal meat and used to name the trappers who should be prosecuted? Gem Mining The search for precious stone or gems is a serious problem. Often well organised gangs financed by wealthy gem merchants are responsible for the activity. Large marshy areas are dug up and the vegetation destroyed. The open pits left after gemming are a danger to both man and wildlife. Irresponsible behaviour of guides and Forest Rangers Guides are constantly being accompanied by dogs on tours within the forest. One day I witnessed 15 dogs within the forest!! As representatives of the forest, these guides and rangers should know better than to enter the forest with dogs that undoubtedly cause damage to the wildlife. These guides and rangers also smoke within the forest and leave cigarette butts and rubbish in the forest. If we cannot trust our guides and rangers to act responsibly then we can hardly expect them to take on the responsibility of reporting others who cause damage. They are untrained and basically just accompany the tourists along the trails. Actions of villagers Villagers continue to use motorbikes on forest trails despite having access to a proper road. They also cut trees and gem mine at a level, which is beyond home use. This cannot be allowed to continue. Illegal tracks and entry to forest Since the Deniyaya Rainforest Eco Lodge has been built, new unauthorised forest trails have been created for the Lodges guests to gain unauthorised entry to the forest. Once again the guides used to lead the tourists along these trails are acting irresponsibly and should be punished as well as the Lodge who organises these illegal treks into the forest. Since this entry point is not official, it enables the Lodge to take illegal entry fees from the tourists who are unaware that this is not an official entry point. These fees of course which should go toward the forest are entering the pockets of the hotel owners. Where are the funds received from foreign aid, government and local council funds and entry fees, going to? They are certainly not going to fund training or programmes to educate the local guides, rangers or villagers who are a big part of the problem. It is a shame that the local community is not being used to help solve the problem instead of causing damage. Without the cooperation of the local community to monitor and report on illegal and /or irresponsible actions, the forest will remain vulnerable. Another problem: to whom should they or anyone else should, address complaints? Despite officials knowing about the illegal activities that are taking place, no one has ever been fined or prosecuted for any illegal activity in the forest. It therefore makes no sense to complain to the existing officials under the present circumstances. Call to Action: Please give us responsible officials to oversee the Sinharaja rain forest. To protect our endemic species of fauna and flora from exploitation, bar all people conducting research in Sinharaja with the pretext of ‘Conservation' who are actually engaged in Bio-piracy. Those who enter Sinharaja should be closely monitored and supervised by officials of Forestry department. Do not allow the approval of permits by the State of Provincial Governments to build hotels or any other structure including roads within Sinharaja, near Sinharaja or its precincts. The younger generation of Sri Lankan expats who have never seen or heard of Sinharaja, and young locals and foreigners who may have just heard of Sinharaja, who have signed the petition to safeguard Sinharaja show the keen interest they take when it comes to worldly environmental issues and their commitment to save the planet. Thank you. Sidney Karunawardana Save the Sinharaja Rainforest Campain,
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