Conservation of Globally Threatened Species in the Rainforests of Southwest Sri Lanka

Project Summary

The project aims to protect the ecosystems in the rainforests of Sinharaja and Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya (popularly known as the KDN complex) through community co-management. The will develop a) buffer zone community (and society at large) cooperating in the conservation of the selected rainforest ecosystems harboring globally threatened species; b) a suitable model developed for securing collaboration between the local community, state agencies and other stakeholders in managing the rainforest ecosystems; c) sustainable use of non-timber forests products secured; and d) forests adequately protected against encroachment and illicit logging

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Project Approved
Sri Lanka
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Forest Department, Ministry of Forestry and Environment
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
724,713 USD
Co-financing Total
226,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 975,713.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
10 Dec 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
19 Apr 2000
Project closed