Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean comprised of 48 distinct agro-ecological regions which support rich biodiversity.

Sri Lankan Leopard Sri Lankan Leopard Photo: Darshani Wijesinghe


IUCN started operating in the country in 1988 with the establishment of the Country Office in Colombo, under a Memorandum of Agreement signed with the Ministry of Land and Land Development. The IUCN Sri Lanka National Governing Committee is comprised of government and non-government members. 

IUCN Sri Lanka’s programmes support sustainable natural resource management initiatives of Members and partners. These programmes cover conservation and management of critical habitats, policy/legal and institutional support and environmental education and awareness. Work is focused on the following key thematic areas: biodiversity, business finance and economics, climate change, freshwater and water security, governance – law and rights, Nature-based Solutions, ocean and coasts, protected areas and land use.