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Centre For Eco-cultural Studies (CES)

CES was established in January 1998 by a group of interdisciplinary researchers whose aim was to create an institute for participatory eco-cultural development in Sri Lanka through research, education, awareness and community development. CES is registered as a Non-governmental research institute concerned with issues pertaining to the present eco-cultural status of Sri Lanka and advocates sustainable measures to suit the local environment and cultures. Collaborative undertakings with other eco-culture friendly institutes will create an extensive network to promote awareness and foster eco-cultural development in Sri Lanka.

In consolidating the work programme, the field research base and interpretation centre at Diyakapilla in Sigiriya established.

Date of Establishment:

07-Jun, 1998

Purpose of Organization:

To conduct eco-cultural studies
To conduct eco-cultural education, awareness and training programmes
To establish and maintain an interpretation centre
To promote environment-friendly local industries to assist local communities
To promote non-destructive nature-based local enterprises

GEF/SGP involvement:

Natural Resource Conservation, Livelihood Recovery and Social Cultural Enhancement of Traditional Forest Dwelling Communities of Sri Lanka by the Center for Eco Cultural Studies (CES), 2001

Community watershed management and rainwater harvesting using ancient irrigation technologies and Community manged protected area conservation (COMPAC) in the region of the Sigiriya World Heritage site by Centre for Eco Cultural Studies, SRI LANKA (CWI/SRL/05/04) - 2004

Project for National Traditional Knowledge Policy Development -2003

National advocacy for combating wildlife crime and elephant conservation in Sri Lanka by Centre for Eco Cultural Studies, SRI LANKA (SRL/SGP/OP5/STAR/2015/BD/07) - 2015


Traditional Knowledge Policy of Sri Lanka was develop by The Biodiversity Secretariat of the Min. Of Environment, Sri Lanka was facilitated by CES and it was a brain child of CES. Since year 2003 CES has participated and played active roll in all most all the national Environmental Polices, action plans and strategies in various level and mostly on Biodiversity and forestry Sector.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Sri Lanka

Contact Details
Street Address:
P. O Box: 03, Diyakapilla,
Sri Lanka
Telephone No.:
Fax Phone:
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • International Waters
  • Land Degradation
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Academic or Research Institution (Academic)
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Global
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Mr. Sujeewa Jasinghe Key Contact Person
    Managing Director
    Street Address:
    P. O Box: 03, Diyakapilla,

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