Conservation of Kurulukele (forest reserve) flora and fauna and its management as a protected area by Sri Lanka Enviornmental and Exploration Society (SRL/92/G51/001)
District: Kegalle  
Grantee: Sri Lanka Environmental and Exploration Society - SLEES (Non-government Organization)
Focal Area: Biodiversity  
Op. Program: OP3 - Forest Ecosystems  
Project Type: Full  
Operational Phase: Pilot  
Dates: January 1995 January 1996                                
Grant Amount: 9 279,00 USD
Project Status: Satisfactorily Completed  
Project Types: Demonstration  
Project Details & Results
Demarcating the boundaries of forest reserve, sampling and identification of flora and fauna, awareness raising and establishment of school environment societies. The NGO is formed of a committed group of youth who are school leavers and undergraduates and are keen on working with the community around the forest on species identification and recording. Their work with schools in the area are very effective as they have a special appeal to the children.
Notable Community Participation          
Communities living around the forest reserve participated in activities such as assisting in demarcation of forest area and in drawing up of the management plan for the reserve
Capacity - Building Component          
Capacities of involved communities improved in conservation of a forest reserve and in planning activities
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods          
Awareness on sustainable use of natural resources a main component of project.
Gender Focus          
Equal participation of male and female members of community in project activities
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples          
Not relevant.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment          
Awareness raising on biodiversity conservation of a forest patch in the heart of a busy city as a carbon sink.
Project Results          
A faunal and floristic study was completed during the project implementation period. The study included an extensive field research to gather data on physical (soil, physical and chemical characteristics, environment and landscape features), biological (floral and faunal diversity and distribution), and socio economic status(resource utilization and human interactions) of the sanctuary. Upto 75-80% of fauna and flora species in the forest were studied and identified. To complement the bio div