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Monday, 29 July 2019 05:28

For the love of whales

Dr. Asha De Vos on whales, elephants, their complex social structures and why these creatures need protection
By Madushka Balasuriya

Dr. Asha De Vos is on a mission, a labour of love some may call it, to make an indelible mark on the planet. And with good reason. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some new bit of information released, further cementing the notion that we as a species are doomed. Indeed, for many, the coverage on climate change might have even reached a saturation point – such that most are quite possibly desensitised to its realities – but that is all the more reason people like Asha are needed.

The monthly lecture of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society titled “The Secret Lives of Sri Lanka’s Giants” by Dr. Asha de Vos will be held at 6 p.m. on 18 July at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH.

The Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Ltd. (EFL) and Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) yesterday in a joint statement alleged that the Wilpattu National Park is severely affected by the unregulated activities of the Pallekandal Church. Following is the full statement.

Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL), a non-profit organisation dedicated to environmental conservation through public interest litigation, along with WNPS, an organisation aimed at preventing the destruction and harmful commercial exploitation of species of wild animals and plants and preserving wildlife intact in natural conditions in Sri Lanka, filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal (Bearing No. CA/Writ/51/18) seeking the issuance of a Writ of Mandamus to direct the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) to demarcate the boundaries of Pallekandal Church situated within the Wilpattu National Park (WNP) and to regulate activities of the Pallekandal Church according to the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance No.02 of 1937 as amended (FFPO) on January 24, 2018.

Blue whales and sperm whales, the largest baleen and toothed whales in our oceans, spend time off the coastlines of Sri Lanka. Both species lead fascinating lives that we have gradually begun to unravel.

Abans recently joined hands with the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), and Department of Wildlife Conservation to launch the ‘Green Isle’ project in the Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary. Representing Abans’ and LG’s latest efforts to promote sustainable living in Sri Lanka as part of their ‘LG Loves Green Sri Lanka’ campaign, this CSR initiative aims to contribute towards the cause of Sri Lankan wildlife preservation by transforming the region into the one of ‘green lungs’ of the nation.

In an effort to raise much needed awareness about the wetlands of Sri Lanka, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS) took over 100 children and their parents on a guided tour through the Diyasaru-Wetland Park in Thalawathugoda on Sunday morning, 12 August 2018.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 03:27

Predictability, the way forward?

By Jithendri Gomes
Climate change is now a normal term in our vocabulary, and it is almost clichéd as it is used so commonly. It was an unknown one to the generation before us. This fact alone must warn you of the dangers of letting it pass or be vainly mentioned. It now has a direct and more in-your-face presence in our lives. Do you toss and turn at night because it is too warm? Is it too hot to be outside during the day? Does it rain so hard that it floods your house or road? Do you find the prices of vegetables and fruits rising every day? You have climate change to blame for all of this and many more dilemmas.

WNPS & Abans join hands to support DWC to ensure a home and food for endangered ‘Nestor’ in the Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary

Across a floating bridge made of barrels, there is an island being smothered by wel-atha, where slowly a ‘revival’ is taking place so that soon it will be a haven for all those creatures being pushed out of their habitats in Colombo’s suburbs.

Every year, political interferences in wild life management are getting more and more and it is a very depressing situation - Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya

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.