Arugam, Lahugala: Wildlife Conservation Society

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society is selected to receive a
prestigious Equator Prize 2008 by the United Nations Development

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society has been chosen by the
UNDPA?a??a??s Equator InitiativeA?a??a??s Technical Advisory Committee as one of
25 outstanding winners of the Equator Prize 2008. The Equator Prize is
an international award that honors community-based projects that
represent outstanding efforts to reduce poverty through the
conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

In their award notification the UNDP states, A?a??A?The level of
competition for the prize was extremely high and the depth of
nominations received was truly impressive. Among this yearA?a??a??s
remarkable entries, you provided us with a strong demonstration of the
inventiveness of community-based work currently being undertaken in
the tropics, often against tremendous odds. By receiving an Equator
Prize, the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society now joins an
increasingly influential avant-garde of 78 previous Equator Prize
winners that stand at the forefront of translating local action into
global sustainable development.A?a??A? According to Eileen de Ravin, the
head of the Equator Initiative of the UNDP, the Sri Lanka Wildlife
Conservation Society will now become an essential part of a core
global network of Equator Prize winners whose work will be enhanced
and promoted by the UNDPA?a??a??s Equator Initiative.

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society states, receiving an
Equator Prize reflects the tremendous support the Society has received
from organizations such as the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA), International Elephant
Foundation and several other organizations over the years. These are
all organizations that share a similar vision to the SocietyA?a??a??s,
which is to develop a new paradigm for sustainable development and
biodiversity conservation, and it has been a great experience working
with them all. The Society has received felicitations from the First
Secretary, (Development) of the Canadian High Commission and the Asian
Elephant Conservation Fund Program officer of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service for been selected to receive an Equator Prize. The Regional
Manager for Global Vision International (one of our partner volunteer
companies) notes “Congratulations on the well-deserved award, itA?a??a??s
great to see the work you guys do get some recognition and I really
feel this is a huge credit to the huge effort made by all at SLWCS as
well as the volunteers and supporters who help push forward the
sustainable development initiatives you guys lead. From a personal
point of view IA?a??a??m also very proud to work with SLWCS, as having been
out to visit (albeit briefly) I have have seen the dedication and
long-term perspective that you have in place”

Ravi Corea, the founder president and CEO of the Sri Lanka Wildlife
Conservation Society, will receive the award in Barcelona, Spain on
behalf of the Society at an award ceremony that is been held during
the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Barcelona, from
October 6-10th.

Details about the award and the societies work can be found at
Trigeminal neuralgia treatment tegretol dose,A?A?info@slwcs.orgA?A?or call on 011-2714710 or 0777-885330.
The SLWCS office is at 38 Auburn Side, Dehiwala.

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