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‘Priority to ecological balance when developing villages near Wilpattu’

Participants at the workshop. Picture by Sarath Manula Wickrama, Anuradhapura Special Corr.
Participants at the workshop. Picture by Sarath Manula Wickrama, Anuradhapura Special Corr.

Wildlife Conservation Department Director Operations Manjula Amararathna said that ecological balance should be given priority in the development of villages near and within the influence zone of the Wilpattu National Park.

He was speaking at an awareness workshop on village development aimed at technologically developing the Wilpattu National Park and its influence zone under the German Government's Economic and Development Programme. The workshop was held at the Thilakacity Hotel in Anuradhapura, recently.

He said Wilpattu National Park is the largest national park in the country, and that more attention should be paid to keep biodiversity and the environment in the influence zone under the development activities. Project Leader Bernhard Mohns, who participated in the workshop, said that so far, 10 villages have been selected for development under the project. He noted that a number of economically beneficial projects have been identified through training and workshops to give greater priority to economic development, especially among women.

He said that a number of obstacles to launching projects were solved during the workshop.

Wildlife Conservation Department Deputy Director (Outreach) Chandani Wilson, Department Assistant Director W.S. Weragama; as well as Project Consultants T.B Jayasundara, Sumeda de Silva, and Upul Kumara; were also present at the event.


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