AND CONSERVATION OF NATURAL AREAS IN THE SOUTH EAST ZONE OF SRI LANKA
University of Sri Jayewardenapura
The areas dominated by natural vegetation, wildlife, or forest are called
Natural areas. Ecotourism is undertaken in largely undisturbed natural
areas with a view to study, admire, and enjoy the scenery and its wild
plants and animals as well as any existing cultural manifestation. Tourism
in the South East Dry Zone (SEDZ) has been development in an ad-hoc manner
which has resulted in adverse impacts on specific attractive sites, natural
vegetation and wildlife as well local communities.
The objective of this paper is to assess the potential for ecotourism
in the context of conservation and proper management of natural ares in
the SEDZ. It is based on the work carried out as a part of a broader study
on Natural Area Conservation in SEDZ under UNDP sponsorship for the Regional
Development Division of the Ministry of Policy Planning and Implementation.
While promoting ecotourism in this region, tourism activities should be
viewed as a means to generate revenues to enhance conservation efforts.
In additional to a series of site specific and area specific proposals,
the need for a regional tourism plan which recognizes natural areas in
SEDZ as a system is stressed. In this regard, the coordinated effort of
the Ceylon Tourist board, the department of Wildlife Conservation and
the proposed Southern Area Development Authority is highlighted.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.