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 promotion programs. This program called ESCMP will be launched by the Department of Wildlife Conservation within next 03 months.

One of the main program under this would be establishment of elephant conservation zones. She further said preliminary studies are being conducted in Southern and Uva regions of the Department of the Wildlife Conservation.

Deputy Minister made these comments at the District Progress Review meeting held at Monaragala District Secretariat to prevent wild elephant thret within the Monaragala District.