The Forest Department, Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP) with the collaboration of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is implementing a two year program aiming to address the current shortage of trained forest landscape restoration practitioners in the country. Under this capacity development program, it is expecting to train 300 senior level
Thirteen villages have been identified for community-based village fences due to the on-going human-elephant conflict in the Anuradhapura District. Currently, community awareness programs have been conducted in 10 villages and 9 community based organisations have been established to maintain the village fences and sustain the effort made by ESCAMP. Construction of the fence at Helambawewa
A pilot landscape management project was proposed in Hingurakgoda DS Division in the Hurulu-Kawudulla-Kantale landscape for testing and gathering first-hand experiences for landscape management. This proposal was submitted for World Bank feedback and launched in February 2021. The activities focused on the Kithul Uthuwa village in the Singhagama Grama Niladari Division in Hingurakgoda.
The Sinharaja Forest Range Landscapecovers 231,000 ha in the Ratnapura, Galle, Matara and Kalutara District of Sri Lanka. The task of developing a landscape management plan was taken on by a highly competent team of experts consisting of a Team Leader with technical knowledge of the subject, Land-use Specialist, Biodiversity Specialist, Sociologist, Environmental Economist, Agriculture
Seventy eightESCAMP-supported project activities are scheduled to be implementedby the Forest Department.Over 62 of these activities are now completed, while 16 are currently being implemented. This amounts to 80% average physical progress as at mid this year. Livelihood-enhancement activities include, increasing the productivity of home gardens, promoting sustainable agriculture, supporting agro-forestry, developing nature-based tourism and