News & Events


Illicit timber racketeering busted
In a raid conducted on a timber mill situated in Kottawa by the officers from the Department of Forest Conservation, under the directions of the Conservator General of Forest, a large stock pile of kumbuk…

Assuming duties of new Secretary of the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation
Mr. M.K. Bandula Harischandra assumed his duties as the new Secretary of the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation, on 17th August 2020.

Assuming duties of the new Minister of Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation
Hon. C.B. Rathnayake assumed duties as the Minister of newly established Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation, on 14th August 2020.

Sri Lanka’s First Twin Elephant birth in Minneriya National Park
Two elephant calves age between 3-4 weeks, which feed in the same cow elephant and frequently associate with the same mother elephant was spotted by wildlife authorities and eminent Wildlife Researcher…

Introduction of an e-ticket for Yala National park
Around 500,000 of local and foreign tourist vist annually to the Yala National Park, which is famous as a place where leopards can be observed easily. Around 1500 tourists visit to the Yala National Park…

World Wetland Day celebrated on 02nd February
In every year, World Wetland Day celebrates on 2nd of February. This is a day of directing the world attention towards the conservation of wetlands, which make immeasurable service for the very existence…

Duty assuming of the new Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources
Mr. A.H.S. Wijesinghe has assumed duties as the new Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources on 3rd February 2020.  

Assuming duties of the new Minister of Land, Land Development, Environment and Wildlife Resources
Mr. S.M. Chandrasena was assumed duties as the new Cabinet Minister of Land, Land Development, Environment and Wildlife Resources on 22nd November 2019.  

Assuming duties of the new State Minister of Wildlife Resources
Mr. Wimalaweera Dissanayake assumed duties as the Wildlife Resources State Minister of new Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources on 28th November 2019. 

New Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources assumes duties
Mrs. J.M.C. Jayanthi Wijethunga assumed her duties as the Secretary of the new Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources on 29th November 2019.  

A Farewell to the former Secretary from the staff
A felicitation function was held on 2nd December 2019 with the participation of Ministry officials in view of former Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious…

ESCAMP Project
Mid Term Review (MRT) is now underway in the ESCAMP Project funded by World Bank. this project is executed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Department of Forest Conservation. 

Opening of a Blue Whale watyching center in Mirissa
Kalpitiya as well as Mirissa sea area of Sri Lanka is globally renowned as best blue whale and dolphin watching sites. accordingly Blue Whale watching center was declared open at Mirissa recently.

Declaration of Kayankanni Coral Reef as a Sanctuary
Kayankanni Coral Reef, situated in Wakarai Divisional Secretary are in Batticaloa District was declared as a sanctuary on 11-04-2019. Accordingly, this coral reef sanctuary with a high biodiversity is…

WildlifeDay of Udawalawa National Park
A program called "Wildlife Day" with the objective of improving productivity of the the staff attached to the National Parks of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, was initiated at Udawalawa National…

Hosting a Delegation from Small Island Development States(SIDS)
Introduction Recognizing the significant progress and experiences of Sri Lanka in implementing 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs…

New 15 flower varieties for plant breeders.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Mrs. Sumedha G. Jayasena says, within the year 2018 15 new hybrid flower plant varieties would be introduced for the plant breeders of the country.…

The Post of Field Assistant of Primary Non-skilled Service category of the Department of Wildlife Conservation
Scheme of Promotion has been published on the website for the Post of Field Assistant of Primary Non-skilled Service category of the Department of Wildlife Conservation was approved by the Public Services…

Universal Children’s Day Celebrates at Department of National Botanical Gardens.
According to the Statistics of the Department of National Zoological Gardens, on October 1st , the Universal Children Day, more than 40,000 tourists have visited the Garden and out of 33,000 of them were…

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife receives 2nd Place in Creative Arts Festival.
Inter government sector Employees Creative Competition organized by the Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and cultural Affairs Ministry was held in outstandingly on 29th September at the BMICH under…

Dehiwala Zoo opens at night.
Dehiwala National Zoological Garden will be opened at night for the visitors in future. This has initiated on 21st September under the patronage of Minister of Buddhasasana, Sustainable Development and…

Minister Jayawickrama receives the limelight of the UNSD summit.
The High Level Political Forum of the United Nations Sustainable Development was held from 17th to 19th July 2017 while Minister Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera represented…

Declare opening of the Hingurukaduwa regional office of the Badalkumbura PS and weekly fair.
Declare Opening of the Hingurukaduwa regional office of the Badalkumbura PS and weekly fair was held recently under the patronage of the Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Hon. Sumedha…

More Benefits from the Minister’s Visit to China
Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Mr. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera engaged in a visit to the Peoples Republic of China in last May. A memorandum of understanding on conservation of natural…

A Lion cub for the Lion Brigade.
A function to handing over of a lion cub for the Lion Brigade of the Sri Lanka was held recently at the National Zoological Gardens under the Patronage of Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and…

Deputy Minister promises to make payments for Vigilant Committees.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable and Wildlife Mrs. Sumedha G. Jayasena says immediate measures would be taken to make a payment for various committees and Farmer Organizations appointed to look after the…

Deputy Minister promises to make payments for Vigilant Committees.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable and Wildlife Mrs. Sumedha G. Jayasena says immediate measures would be taken to make a payment for various committees and Farmer Organizations appointed to look after the…

Ministry is ready for CITES 2019 meeting
Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera Says his Ministry is ready for the CITES Summit to be held in Sri Lanka in 2019. He made these comments at the opening ceremony…

Service of veterinary surgical commendable
“The veterinary staff comprised of 15 members of the Department of wildlife conservation make a commendable service to protect the precious elephant resource of the country estimated around 5000…

Minister orders to provide elephants for cultural pageants
A program of training 05 elephants and a tusker living at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was held recently at the Pinnawala Zoological Gardens under the patronage of Minister of Sustainable Development…

Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Mrs. Sumedha G. Jayasena is awarded with “Asian Region Women Leadership Excellence”.
Deputy Minister has been granted this award considering her dedication towards realization of Sustainable Development Goals. This Women Leadership Excellence (Award de Excellencia) awarded program was…

Deputy Minister Requests President to fulfill Vacancies.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon Sumedha G. Jayasena requested His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena to fulfill existing vacancies in the institutions affiliated…

Compensation on Wild elephant attacks increases.
Deputy minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena says Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife  Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera will present a proposal to…

Balaharuwa new electric fence names after little girl Hashini.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena has decided to name the Balaharuwa electric fence built to protect villages from the wild elephants after Hashini Rathnayaka,…

දොඩන්දුව සමුද්‍ර සංරක්ෂණ මධ්‍යස්ථානයක්.
සමුද්‍ර ලෝක තෙත් බිම් දින ජාතික වැඩසටහනට සමගාමීව ගාල්ල දොඩන්දුව ප‍්‍රදේශයේ…

Construction of the new entrance of Dehiwala National Zoological Garden.
Construction of the new entrance of Dehiwala National Zoological Garden was inaugurated last 19th under the patronage of Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Gamini Jayawicrama Perera,…

Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena inspects the Water supply to the villages in Monaragala District by bowsers.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena closely monitored the program of supplying water to the severely drought effected remote areas in the Monaragala District.…

National Sustainable Development Engagement Platform was held on 5th October at Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall under the patronage oh H. E. President Maithripala Sirisena.
With the objective of creating a transformational dialogue between MP’s, Officials and Stakeholders on implementation of the sustainable Development Goals was held on 5th October at Lotus Hall of…

US Dollar 42 Million for the eco-tourism promotion.
Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena says that World Bank has promised to grant 42 Million US $ for the Environmental System Management and eco- friendly tourism…

A Sustainable Nation - An Inclusive Transformation
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed upon by 193 national leaders is assumed as the strategic pathway towards transforming our world and is expected to be implemented at the national level.…

ජාතික තිරසර සංවර්ධන සහභාගීත්ව මණ්ඩපය අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් හෙට (05) සවස 2.00ට කොළඹදී
ජාතික තිරසර සංවර්ධන සහභාගීත්ව මණ්ඩපය අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන…

Ridiyagama Safari Park overflows with tourists
The Ridiyagama Safari Park which was built during period of 08 years by spending Rs.15 billion was declared open for the public by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development…

Minister Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera donates his salary for the flood victims
Large number of citizens comes forward to donate lavishly for the large number of persons displaced by the recent floods due to inclement weather experienced throughout the country. A special fund was…

Wildlife officers caught a ferocious wild elephant which killed 12 persons
Wildlife officers successfully caught a ferocious wild elephant which killed 12 persons at Balaharuwa, Dewagirikanda in Wellawaya. This Wild elephant which killed several people at Hambegamuwa, Balaharuwa,…

Insurance scheme and foreign training for wildlife officers
According to Mrs. Sumedha B. Jayasena, Deputy Minister of the Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ministry is considering to introduce an insurance scheme and foreign trainings for the wildlife officers…