Members of the Lions Club and Leo Club District 306C1...Read More
UNIVERSITY OF SRI JAYEWARDENEPURA
The Center for Sustainability (CFS) is a body for environmental extension, research and community outreach unit attached to the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science (DFES), University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Our Environmental Sustainability Vision is that the University of Sri Jayawardenepura is committed to making a positive impact through outstanding environmental sustainability performance via integration of students, academic and the wider community in sustainability driven projects.
Curabitur cursus euismod tellus, sit amet faucibus ipsum euismod sed. Phasellus aliquam turpis nec fermen tum lobortis. Mauris lorem ante.
What We Are Up to
Yagirala Forest Restoration Project
The Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura has been managing a 100-acre block of the Yagirala Forest Reserve since 1984, predominantly for research and education purposes. An existing bungalow on the site has been redeveloped to facilitate research, conservation, education and ecotourism activities based in Yagirala. Habitat loss and forest degradation due to encroachments by villagers and illegal logging of commercially valuable trees has been identified as the major conservation issues at Yagirala forest. In addition, poaching of wild animals for local consumption has affected the faunal diversity of the forest. Populations of some nationally and globally threatened species such as Indian Pangolin and Hogg deer have substantially declined over the years due to hunting by locals. As a result, the CFS designed a comprehensive Forest Restoration and Biodiversity Conservation Plan to address these issues.
Karuwalagaswewa 1000 Acre Forest Restoration Project
A forest management plan was created by the CFS to enable the USJ and FD to manage forest communities and enhance the variety of ecological and socio-economic uses. This plan provides an overview of the CFS and FD’s joint strategy of restoration and forest management system, in particular, the way it manages environmental, social, and economic values while meeting statutory obligations. This management plan has been designed for a five-year period and will be effective from 1st of January 2020 and maybe revised based on an adaptive management framework. The forest management plan complements the broader forest conservation and management objectives of the FD while contributing to the Government’s aim of increasing the forest cover of the country from 29% to 32% by 2020.
Ittapana Mangrove Resource Center