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Thursday, 27 June 2019 04:55

Climate change and us

When it comes to tackling a problem, it’s always easier to address one that is visible and tangible. With global warming, it’s the gradual nature of the beast that sneaks up on people, despite numerous warnings - Pic by Devaka Seneviratne

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi and Oshani Alwis
Marine biologist Nishan Perera dives into MPAs to look at corals

All conservation agencies should be under one ministry. In countries which manage their conservation sectors well, these agencies are under one ministry and that ministry does not have any other mandate other than conservation. As long as the sector is fragmented with different agencies having conflicting mandates, the problem will never be addressed.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 05:59

Plus WNPS lecture: The climate and us

Dr. Erandathie Lokupitiya will deliver the monthly lecture of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on ‘Climate Change and our responsibility’ on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society celebrates 125 years
By Jithendri Gomes and Dimithri Wijeainghe
Photos: Krishan Kariyawasam

On 29 May, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society celebrated 125 years with a fantastic forum discussion on conservation at BMICH. The forum was an interactive edition of its monthly lecture series with short presentations made by four experts in their respective fields covering four major issues affecting conservation in Sri Lanka today. They covered both land and sea. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. The auditorium was full of wildlife experts and enthusiasts and just as the organising committee and panel had hoped, the attendees were also interactive, sharing their comments and thoughts.

The cake came last for it was celebration time for an organisation considered one of the oldest in the conservation arena in Sri Lanka and the third oldest in the world.

The 125th Anniversary Lecture of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society (WNPS) titled ‘Where is Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka Today? will be held on Wednesday, May 29, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH.

Monday, 03 June 2019 05:23

WNPS holds 125th AGM today

The 125th Annual General Meeting of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society will be held today, Sunday, May 26, at the Lecture Hall #08 of the Sri Lanka Foundation, #100, Padanama Mawatha,Independence Square, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.

‘Where is wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka today?’ – A series of presentations by renowned research scientists / conservationists followed by a panel discussion will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH.

Saturday, 01 June 2019 04:21

Guardians of Mother Nature

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi
Playing a lead role in conservation battles and projects, Sri Lanka’s ‘Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’ celebrates 125 years

By - Drs. Savitri & Nimal Gunatilleke, Professors Emeriti, University of Peradeniya

Public Lecture Series of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society – 6pm march 21st , 2019 at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH, Open to both members and non-members, entrance Free

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will have its monthly lecture on 21 March on the topic “Sinharaja: From a Timber Reserve to a Biological Treasure Trove – What Next?” to be delivered by University of Peradeniya Emeritus Professors Savitri and Nimal Gunatilleke.

Saturday, 09 March 2019 05:35

Conservation Photography Competition

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has just launched its first ever Conservation Photography Competition with an entry deadline set for 31st March 2019. The competition is supported by Wijeya Graphics, Sri Lanka’s leading Graphic Designing Institute.

Rukshan Jayawardene on what Sri Lanka should really be concerned about…

By Dimithri Wijesinghe

On this World Wildlife Day (3 March) – dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora – we spoke with the former President of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), current committee member, and Director at Environmental Foundation Ltd. (EFL) Rukshan Jayawardene regarding Sri Lanka’s present situation with regards to its wildlife.

Saturday, 09 March 2019 05:15

Conservation Photography Competition

Pictures with meaning

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has just launched its first ever Conservation Photography Competition with an entry deadline set for 31 March. The Competition is supported by Wijeya Graphics Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading graphic design institute and Ranweli Holiday Village, an established eco-friendly resort in Negombo, Sri Lanka. This is an attempt to draw attention and awareness to the urgent need to make conservation a priority in all aspects of life. These are not going to be pretty photographs of animals and birds in various poses, but stark depictions of how humanity is negatively impacting the environment and wild animals, and why and how they should stop before it is too late.