An awareness programed on implementing Community Action Plans (CAPs) of 6 peripheral villages around Udawalawa National Park was conducted for government officials on 8 August 2019 at 10:00 am at the Udawalawa National Park Auditorium. The focus was to minimize the potential problems that could arise in implementing these CAPs, build strong network among relevant government officials and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and obtain the maximum support from the public sector to make this programme a success. in addition to that two community activists from each village attended this programme to discuss the issues pertaining to respective CAPs and further a separate discussion was held to discuss the support that should be received by the State Institutions for each village.
The Park Wardens of the Udawalawa, Divisional Secretary (Balangoda), Divisional Secretary (Sewanagala), Assistant Divisional Secretary (Weligepola), Assistant Divisional Secretary (Embilipitiya), Assistant Commissioner – Agrarian Service (Monaragala) and Assistant Engineer – Irrigation Department (Rathnapuara) participated in this event including Community Activists representing Maha Aragama, Rathabalagama, Kumarapura, Kongahamankada and Bambarapola Districts. Livelihood and Community Development Specialist, Mr. Shiraj Morugama and Community Development Officer, Mr. Chamil Jayalath also participated from the ESCAM Project.