Conservation Chronicles

How versatile is an elephant’s trunk? How complicated is #HumanElephantConflict and is it possible to find a sustainable solution? Do Asian and African elephants have similar social lives?

In this Chat Over a Cuppa, Tea Grower and Dilmah CEO, Dilhan C. Fernando has an interesting discussion with Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando, Chairman, Trustee and Scientist at the Centre for Conservation and Research, and elephant enthusiast to find answers to these questions and more!

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What is the connection between environment and faith and belief? Using faith and belief as an indirect tool for conservation, Professor Jayantha Wattavidanage explains it all. He is a popular media personality and a leading conservation biologist in Sri Lanka.



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Explore the importance of understanding the intricate balance between development and conservation. Dr. Kudavidanage is a senior lecturer in Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Department of Natural Resources, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Who in her career, has worked with various governmental and non-governmental organizations research institutes, scientific bodies and NGOs to bridge the gap between the scientists, decision makers and the community.



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Do women have a slight edge and a natural calling to be a nurturer of nature? To explore this further, we have two ladies with a passion for conservation; Sunela Jayewardene - Sri Lanka’s leading environmental architect, and Dr. Kudavidanage - an academic, currently lecturing at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.



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Sunela Jayewardene is a power house with multiple strengths and talents. She is probably best known as Sri Lanka’s Leading Environmental Architect. Today, we are lucky to have her with us in the studio to discover the green mind behind the green designs.



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Mother-daughter duo Savera and Sunela share intergenerational perspectives and stories on the importance of collaboration; when building a community of informed and empowered women of all ages with a curiosity for knowledge, a passion for change and an understanding of the natural environment.



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Savera Weerasinghe the dynamic co-founder of Ananta Sustainables, is an absolute powerhouse and an advocate of change. Listen as she sheds light on how our current consumption model and waste management methods are setting us up for failure, and what structural and systemic shifts we need, to render disposable packaging obsolete.

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This edition of ‘Inspired Conversations Over a Cuppa’ is a tribute to one of our favourite animals, the elephant. Chatting with us about all things elephant-related, are Dr. Jayantha Wattavidanage and Dr. Enoka Kudavidanage, two of Sri Lanka's leading conservation biologists. Join in, as they share stories from the wild, reminisce and share fascinating facts on what makes this gentle giant a true Flagship species.

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There’s no better time to learn a new skill, especially one that helps you relax while in Nature… than Home Gardening!

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The Sustainable lecture series hopes to inspire small changes in our everyday lifestyles as we deal with the very real threat of a changing climate which could be applied anywhere, whether in a residential backyard, school or community garden, a small rooftop garden or in the confines of a balcony of an apartment building!

 

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