Project Launch - Watershed Conservation and Restoration in the Knuckles Conservation Forest

Launch of HSBC funded project: mini-watershed of Puwakpitiya Oya

Funded by HSBC, the ‘Watershed Conservation and Restoration in the Knuckles Conservation Forest and Environmental Protection Area: mini-watershed of Puwakpitiya Oya’ is a three year project implemented by Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform (SLBBP) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC). IUCN Sri Lanka functions as the technical partner of this project. The project was launched at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce office in Colombo on 1 October 2015 and in attendance were Mr Sriyan Cooray, Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives, Mr Mangala Yapa, Secretary General/CEO, CCC, Mrs Shiranee Yasaratne, Advisor, SLBBP and Mr Shamen Vidanage, Programme Coordinator, IUCN Sri Lanka.   …  

09 Oct 2015 | News story


IUCN Sri Lanka partnered with ECO-V in “Kolomba Yathra” for climate change (Colombo walk)

The Kolamba Yathra: an Interfaith Journey for Sustainability was a one-day program with youth of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds walking around the City of Colombo — the commercial capital of Sri Lanka — to create awareness on Climate Change.  Conducted by Eco Friendly Volunteers (ECO-V), the main objective of this year’s Yathra was to raise awareness of climate change issues across the Colombo public, to engage religious and political leadership on climate change action, and most particularly to engage youth in modeling and action for eco-friendly, sustainable methods, climate change education and adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity restoration and conservation efforts.   

24 Sep 2015 | News story

Launch of project at the HSBC Head Office

HSBC joins with IUCN to promote conservation to mark the Bank’s 150th Anniversary

On 26 August 2015, HSBC Bank launched three projects to mark HSBC Bank’s 150th Anniversary — one of which in partnership with IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office. The proposed winning idea by IUCN was developed by IUCN Sri Lanka biodiversity team on the topic “Enhancing Education and Awareness on the Central Highlands, a UNESCO World Heritage Serial Property in Sri Lanka Conservation of Central Highlands.” …  

07 Sep 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

Belontia cf signata

 Belontia signata 


Combtail is one of the beautiful endemic fish species in Sri Lanka. It can be found slow moving streams in the wet zone forest areas and foot hills of Knuckles mountain region. Mature males have elongated filamenets on its Pelvic and caudal fin. It will grow up to  6-9 cm in length. Due to habitat loss and over collection, it has identified as Nationally Near Threatened species.


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

IUCN Staffer – Arjan Rajasuriya discussed about Destructive Fishing – LT Magazine
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