While recognizing the importance of research to generate new knowledge and to schedule appropriate management plans and activities, the DWC encourages research in particular to find out solutions for management issues. It has also recognized the importance of new findings related to the basic wildlife science and sustainable use of natural resources for national economic development.
However the DWC has come to know some misuses of wildlife research permits during recent past. In order to prevent such misuses, the DWC has taken a decision to grant permissions to conduct wildlife related research only for the recognized Universities or Government institutions.
If a non-government institution or individual wishes to conduct research, it should be carried out with the collaboration of DWC. However the DWC collaboration will be decided by a committee appointed by the Director General of wildlife conservation.
Agarwood, a word mostly discussed in Sri Lanka recently, is a dark coloured resinous tissue produced inside certain tree members of Family Thymalaeaceae. The process of this production is the tree’s response to injury of its first line of defense, formation of phloem callus tissue, is inhibited from forming over the injury. Agarwood resin has a very high demand for religious, medical, ceremonial and domestic activities among Asian Buddhists and Moslems. In addition to that, it is popular in Southeast Asia, Middle East and United States as a perfumery agent. In international market Agarwood is graded based on the presence of oleoresins or the colour. The first grade top quality Agarwood is one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world, which can be sold for more than US$ 30,000 per kg. Agarwood oil also fetches similarly high prices. The most common Agarwood producing genus is Aquilaria which grows from Assam of India to China and Philippines. The other three agarwood producing less common genera are Gyrinops, Aetoxylon and Gonystylus. Among those genera, only Gyrinops walla, locally known as Walla pattais growing in Sri Lanka which is believed to be endemic to the country.
Imbued by the theme that Human protect environment and environment protects humans, With the aim of empowering the people of Sri Lanka through information and communication technology under the leadership and guidance of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka The department of Wildlife Conservation and the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri lanka are jointly organizing the launch of the e-Service Reservation of Wildlife Circuit Bungalows and Camping sites. This inauguration ceremony will take place at the Department of Wildlife Conservation premises on 18th February 2014 at 4.30 p.m. under the patronage of the Minister of Wildlife Resources Conservation Hon. Gamini Vijith Wijayamuni Zoysa and the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology Hon. Ranjith Siyabalapitiya with the participation of President Secretary Mr. Lalith Weerathunga