Our Guiding Philosophy: "The only realistic path to sustainable conservation is to ensure a reasonable standard of living for all people - especially for the rural population of developing countries with some of the World's richest biodiversity."
A holistic approach is therefore a hallmark of our initiatives, balancing human and wildlife needs in order that the two may co-exist to the overall benefit of the environment. Our work includes socio-economic and scientific research to develop innovative strategies, applying such strategies 'in the field' and disseminating the lessons among the wider community of administrators, scientists and business.
We encourage you to browse through our projects. You will find it a fascinating trip that takes you into the rural hinterland of Sri Lanka and a look at the life of communities there; through jungles and a glimpse of its denizens; along golden beaches and marine creatures that depend upon these environments for their survival.
- Our successful projects were preceded by painstaking ecological and socio-economic research to ensure that needs were assessed correctly and that the interests of humans as well as animals were addressed in a balanced manner. Upon completion the project sites are revisited for ongoing research not only to enhance the quality of our own activities but also that findings can be disseminated to the wider conservation community and general public. view list
- Sustainability is a key consideration in all our projects. Ongoing Projects are mainly the result of post implementation evaluation findings that identified the need for research and development and/or supplementary initiatives. view list
- Our experience over the past 12 years indicates that agriculture, fisheries and tourism related activities have a great impact on our natural resources. Over 70% of our people depend on agricultural activities for their livelihoods. The SLWCS devotes most of its effort to introducing better land use and agricultural practices so that agricultural development can be sustained over the long-term. view list