Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustenance of Ecosystem Services in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Project Summary

To operationalize Environment Sensitive Areas (ESAs) as a mechanism for mainstreaming biodiversity management into development in areas of high conservation significance1. At least 5% of Sri Lanka’s land area identified nationally for Environmentally Sensitive Area designation in national scale up plan2. Populations of globally threatened species within Wilpattu and Kala Wewa ESAs maintained indicating effective ecosystems management and human-wildlife conflict mitigation (indicators species selected Elephas maximus, Panthera pardus, and Sousa chinensis)3. 100% critical habitats are maintained within Wilpattu and Kala Wewa ESAs are maintained for connectivity and resilience (Salt Marsh, Mangrove forests, Riverine forests, Moist Mixed Evergreen Forest, Scrub on floodplains)

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Project Approved
Sri Lanka
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment
GEF Period:
GEF - 5
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
100,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,626,690 USD
Co-financing Total
16,650,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
249,535 USD
Total Cost 19,376,690.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
20 Mar 2013
Preparation Grant Approved
29 Apr 2013
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2013
Project Approved for Implementation
21 Jan 2015
Project closed