Assessment of LKA 027 Project 250/3: Conservation Activities in Block IV of Yala National Park and Elephant Conservation Conflicts in Handapanagula, Sri Lanka
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The activities carried out under NORAD LKA 027 project 250/3 in Block IV of Yala National Park were assessed by a four man team in December 1995. In addition to assessing the work carried out under the NORAD project, the team also evaluated the conflict between elephants and local communities near Handapanagula. The assessment was based on a four day field visit consisting of inspection of the construction works carried out in Yala block IV and interviews with local government authorities, representatives of the Pelwatte Sugar Company and affected local villagers. Information was also gathered through meetings with central DWLC authorities in Colombo and staff at Peradenyia University, and from project reports and relevant published material on the Handpanagula elephant conflict. Because senior DWLC staff responsible for implmenting project activities were not available in Moneragala, the team may not have received a complete picture of all activities accomplished.
Fra NORAGRIC. Per Wegge (Agricultural University of Norway), Harshana Rajakaruna (Ministry of Transport, Environment and Woman Affairs, Colombo), M.M. Wijayasena (Integrated Rural Development Programme, Moneragala District) and W.A.R. Asoka (Department of Wildlife Conservation, Colombo). Sri Lanka.