Country Profile - Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Horton Plains National Park  ......................................................

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Sri Lanka secures UN-REDD ‘critical funding’, aims at FCPF

Forest Carbon Asia - March, 2012

The UN-REDD Programme during its eight policy board meeting approved US$ 8 million funding for Sri Lanka and Republic of Congo for their National Programmes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).


“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new life for our forestry sector”, said Mr. Anura Sathurusinghe, REDD+ National Coordinator for Sri Lanka’s Forest Department to the UN-REDD Programme. The Forest Department held several consultation workshops before finalizing the Readiness Preparation Proposal.


Please click here to view the news item from UN-REDD Programme.


Please click here to view the updated REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (March, 2012).


Sri Lanka is also targeting the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). They will present their expression of interest to join during the 11th Participants Committee (PC 11) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility which is being held from 28th to 30th March in Asunción, Paraguay.


Please click here to view the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (February, 2012) presented at the FCPF PC 11.




Sri Lanka moves ahead with UN-REDD to save forests


(January, 2012) Sri Lanka held a consultation workshop on 12th January at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), where key stakeholders were consulted as part of the process of developing UN-REDD Programme Proposal. The Department of Forests under the Ministry of Environment, with the support of FAO, UNDP and UNEP are preparing Sri Lanka to participate in the global REDD programmes that also include receiving funds to the forestry sector.


Please click here to read more from DailyFT website.




Sri Lanka’s National REDD+ Readiness presented at UN-REDD meeting


(October 30, 2011) The seventh Policy Board meeting of the UN-REDD Programme was held from 13th-14th October, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Sri Lanka presented its National REDD+ readiness at the meeting. It highlighted the milestones of UN-REDD Programme in the country.


In 2009 Sri Lanka achieved the observer status under the UN-REDD programme. A UNDP mission visited the country in July, 2010. The preparation of National Programme was initiated in September, 2010.  Sri Lanka was invited to submit its National Programme document (NPD) in July, 2011. A mission visited to assist the process in August, 2011 and by September, 2011 the country was drafting its National Programme Document.


Please click here to download the presentation from the UN-REDD website.




Sri Lanka joins REDD Desk Countries Database


(October 13, 2011) Sri Lanka joined the REDD Desk countries database last week along with Guyana following the earlier launch of databases for Brazil, Cameroon and Vietnam in June 2011. The REDD Countries Database is a centralised and collaborative database of the diverse and rapidly evolving range of ongoing REDD activities in tropical forest owning nations. Organized and aggregated by country, the REDD Countries Database summarizes key information across a range of areas including policies, plans, laws, statistics, activities and financing.


The REDD Desk and REDD Countries Database were initiated and are managed by the Global Canopy Program and the Forum on Readiness for REDD in collaboration with an international team of REDD experts. Forest Carbon Asia led the research for Sri Lanka.


Please click here to view the Sri Lanka country database.




Sri Lanka’s REDD+ Potential: Myth or Reality?


Forest Carbon Asia Country Profile Report No. 1: Sri Lanka. Click to download.


(May 25, 2011) This report provides relevant background information and assesses the scope and potential for forest carbon related activities in Sri Lanka. It tracks what is known in terms of forest extent and quality, carbon stocks, forest trends and drivers, key players and their activities, tenure issues, and forest and land-related legislation and policies. Given the background situation, it then assesses the scope and opportunities for forest carbon activities and investments in Sri Lanka, the implementation challenges and steps to move forward. The report is based on a desktop review of literature and legislation, as well as interviews of relevant agencies and individuals.


Little of Sri Lanka’s original forest cover remains. Remaining natural forests are protected for their biodiversity, soil and watershed services. Most of Sri Lanka’s forest products come from home gardens and other private smallholder systems, which add up to another 1.8 million hectares or 27% of the land area. First field studies suggest that some forest and agroforestry systems hold substantial carbon stocks. However, Sri Lanka has little real information on forest status, trends and pressures in the last decade. An ongoing national forest assessment may help shed more light on the true scope for forest carbon activities in Sri Lanka.


Two state agencies administer 93% of Sri Lanka’s forest lands. Recent policy amendments seek to enhance private and community participation in conservation and production activities and are open to exploring alternative tenure, financing and benefit-sharing options. These policy developments in principle allow more room for public participation in and benefit from REDD+ in public and private lands. The Forest Department is the key focal point for REDD+ and it is currently drafting a UN-REDD supported program for building national REDD readiness.


Click here to download full publication.



  • Forest is an important factor from the view point of climate change mitigation and adaptation srategy. Thouugh the forest cover in sri Lnaks is only 30 percent but equally the greenery (agro-forestry) out side the forest is about 27 percent which also surve the pupose of carbon stock. Hence the breen cover area of Sri Lanka is about more than 50 percent. The govt. should try to protect and increase the density of Forest on one side and incease the area of agro-forestry on other. The promotion of agro-forestry will provide employment and revenue as well as increase the carbon stock.

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  • We are in complete agreement with Prof. Joshi. Our project aimed at reforestration is expected to be a model site. Our Research programme launched this year will produce a report which will be forwarded to the State and ultimately published with a view to stimulating other land owners to follow in our footsteps.

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