Mangrove Conservation Center

Dr. Suren Batagoda Center for Mangrove Conservation and Climate Resilience at Ittapana in Kalutara-The newest field research center of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science was opened on 2022. The 2-acre property and the building were donated by an alumnus of the USJ, Dr. B.M.S. Batagoda.

The Center for Mangrove Conservation and Climate Resilience is part of a broader community- based mangrove conservation and climate change adaptation project, which feature mangrove restoration and mangrove-based economic development programs. The Department of Forestry and Environmental Science invites all interested parties of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to join and contribute to this project and utilize the new research facilities.

The Mangrove Center of Ittapana stands as a transformative project, made possible through the invaluable support and funding from CDB Bank. Over time, the facility has developed into a beacon of environmental education, interdisciplinary research, and corporate social responsibility, leaving a lasting impact on both the academic community and the surrounding regions.

1. Educational Programs

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura has successfully executed a series of comprehensive educational programs at the Mangrove Center. These initiatives targeted diverse audiences, including university students, international school students, local communities, and esteemed foreign delegates. Through a combination of seminars, workshops, and field trips, participants have gained a profound understanding of mangrove ecosystems and their critical role in sustaining biodiversity. The hands-on experience offered at the Mangrove Center has enriched the learning experience for students and enthusiasts alike.

2. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives

In recognition of our unwavering dedication to environmental sustainability, we have been fortunate to garner significant corporate support, with Linea Aqua Pvt Ltd emerging as a pivotal ally in our corporate social responsibility (CSR) endeavors. Their substantial contribution has been directed towards the ongoing restoration efforts of one acre of mangrove land, a critical ecosystem that plays a crucial role in maintaining coastal biodiversity. The generous funding from Linea Aqua underscores the tangible results that can be achieved through strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors. This collaborative initiative stands as a testament to the profound impact such alliances can have on preserving natural habitats, fostering ecological balance, and creating a lasting legacy of environmental stewardship. As we continue to work hand in hand with our corporate partners, we remain steadfast in our commitment to safeguarding the planet for future generations.

3. Cross-Departmental Utilization

The Mangrove Center has become a focal point for interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, various academic departments, including Zoology and Marketing, have actively utilized the facility. Furthermore, the center has attracted foreign university lecturers for their research and educational studies. These collaborations have fostered a dynamic exchange of ideas and resources, significantly enhancing the overall academic enrichment of our university community.

4. Entrepreneurship Opportunities

The university actively encourages entrepreneurial initiatives at the Mangrove Center to empower and nurture young talent. As a testament to our commitment to fostering innovation, we invite and review proposals from university students seeking to embark on projects leveraging the unique resources available at the facility. To further support these endeavors, we seek funding from various organizations, including CDB Bank.


Dr. Thilak Chandrathilaka
Director, Center for Sustainability
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science

Mr. Kosala Gunawardana
Curator, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science