Birds watching

Investing in Birds and Future: International Migratory Bird Day programme involving school children

 The International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) that falls on the second Saturday of the month of May was celebrated in Jaffna on 9th May 2015, with the support of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme managed by IUCN in Sri Lanka. One hundred school children from all five Northern Province districts gathered in Jaffna, for a three day period, to celebrate the IMBD.  

15 Jul 2015 | News story

Farmer training workshop

Empowering Farmers on water management in small irrigation systems

IUCN-HSBC project on Ecological Restoration of the Kapiriggama Cascade Tank System in Anuradhapura, North Central Province is aiming to improve the water use efficiency in ancient tank systems. These tank systems that are linked (a cascade) allow recycling of water multiple times as irrigation water. Project components include, improving the capacity of the tanks through partial de-siltation, adopting organic farming, improving drainage conditions, protecting tank bunds and adjacent areas and building the capacity of farmers and officers.  

30 Jun 2015 | News story


Investigating the impacts of infrastructure on ecology and coastal livelihoods

The Thondamanaru Lagoon is a brackish water body. During the rainy season it covers an area of approximately 30 sq km with an average dept of 1.5 meters.  In 1953, the Irrigation Department established a barrage with sluice gates about 0.4 km from the mouth of the lagoon. 

19 Jun 2015 | News story

Key Projects


 IUCN Sri Lanka and Holcim Lanka Partnership

IUCN entered into a five-year partnership with Holcim for biodiversity conservation globally. Under this global agreement, IUCN Sri Lanka has forged a country level partnership to develop long-term ecosystem conservation standards for Holcim Lanka, contributing to sector-wide improvements in the cement and related sectors.



Spotlight on Species Archive

Systomus martenstyni (Martenstyn's barb)

 Systomus martenstyni (Martenstyn's barb)

 Identification: Outer boarder of the dorsal , caudal, anal, and pelvic fins isreddish. Oval shaped black blotch at the base of the caudal peduncle. Six to seven lateral longitudinal dotted lines can be visible. Two pair of barbles  present. Total length 14-25cm.

Habitat: Fast flowing streams and large rivers with rocky substrate.

Distribution: Endemic to Sri Lanka. Confined to tributaries of  Mahaweli river around the north and eastern slopes of the Knuckles mountain area.

Threats and Conservation: Habitat loss and  population reduction due to hydro projects and illegal fishing activities. Listed as Endangered (EN) in the Global Red List.  

Details about species


Mangrove book cover

An Appraisal of Mangrove Management in Micro-tidal Estuaries and Lagoons in Sri Lanka



Link to all IUCN Sri Lanka Publications

Photo contest: Conservation in Asia
MFF National Strategy and Action Plan
  • Ecological Considerations in
Coastal Development

    Ecological Considerations in Coastal Development

    Photo: IUCNSL

  • Field Guide to Reef Fishes of Sri Lanka

    Field Guide to Reef Fishes of Sri Lanka

    Photo: IUCNSL

The Atlas of Coastal Ecosystems