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Implementing of Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project

Inauguration session of the “Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project” was held under the patronage of Mr. H.D.Ratnayake, Director General of Department of Wildlife Conservation and Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, Consultant to the  Minister of Sports and Tourism Hon. Navin Disanayake, at the Department of Wildlife Conservation on Wednesday the 22 July.

Dugong is a globally endangered marine mammal which requires immediate action to recover from extinction.  The ”Dugong and Sea Grass Conservation Project” is focused on enhancing conservation effectiveness of seagrass ecosystems on globally significant population of dugongs across the Indian and Pacific Ocean basin.  Eight countries including Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Indonesia are partner countries of this conservation project. The main objective of the project is to protect the Dugong and its habitats in the Indian and Pacific Oceans which recorded range of the Dugong.

The workshop was held on 22 and 23 July at the auditorium of the DWC to introduce the Dugong and Sea Grass Conservation Project to key government institutes and other stake holders.  Mr. M.I.M     Rafeeic, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports was also participated in this event.


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Yala National Park is the oldest national park in the Sri Lanka and it is extended over two provinces, namely Uva & Southern. It lies within Monaragala & Hambantota districts.Yala National Park covers about 97,880.7 hecters, the multifarious eco system ranging from the Moist Monsoon Forest to other natural compartment. Yala has been declared as a protected area in 1900 and it was a 389 km2 at that time. In 1909 Yala was declared as Sanctuary and gain gazette as a National Park in 25 th February 1938.

Yala National Park

Wilpttu National park is among the oldest and most important of protected areas in Sri Lanka. It also contains a number of important cultural sites. The sanctuary lies inland from the coast and is entirely within Northern Province. It is contiguous with the park, the intervening boundary being marked by the Moderagam Aru.

Wilpattu National Park

The Udawalawe National park which has acreage of 30,821 hectares, was declared as a National Park in 30 th June 1972 under the Fauna and Flora Protection ordinance. The park lies in the Rathnepura District in Sabaragamuwa Province Monaragala District in Uva Province. It forms of the largest conservation areas within these districts and largely comprises the lower and the immediate catchments of Udawalawe. The walawe reservoir is situated in the park and surface area of it at full supply level is about 3405 hectares.

Udawalawa NP

Horton plain, its surroundings forests and the adjoining Peak Wilderness, consolidate Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all the major rives. The plains are also of outstanding the habitats and endemic plants and animals representatives of the country wet and montage zones.

Horton Plains NP

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