Community Motivation for the Wetland Conservation Project


The City Wetlands is identified by the SLLRDC is to be proposed as Wetland Conservation Areas. This move will enhance the quality of the environmental areas of the city. However, the success of conserving these areas will only become a reality if the surrounding residential communities participate in the programme.

Recognizing the above, FOGSL partnering up with Eco Team, proposes the above to pilot test the conservation of urban wetlands by utilizing birds as an umbrella group, and through the application of the Citizen Science approach in five selected wetlands within the Colombo District.

The peripheral households and communities will be contacted individually to get general information of their wetland knowledge and conservation interests. The team will carry out ‘house to house’ research and have individuals fill in a structured questionnaire. Based on the results, the Wetland Peripheral Community Organizations (WPCOs’) will be established. These WPCOs’ will then be provided with basic and advanced knowledge about wetland conservation, fauna and flora, and utilization on a sustainable basis, which will include value-added product development and facility provisions.

Locations: 10 prioritized wetland areas around Colombo

What we expect from the volunteers:

  • Create awareness and educate people about the importance of wetlands
  • Assist in forming the WPCOs’
  • Assist in research and cleaning activities
  • Assist in data gathering and recording


  • Create urban ecological awareness among citizens, including school children
  • Initiate monitoring and data collection programmes in selected urban wetlands by employing the citizen science approach involving public volunteers and school children
  • Develop ecological sustainability in the selected urban wetland systems as models for conserving the biological wealth contained in these parks with the involvement of general public and concerned institutions


Rates include:

  •          Accommodation (Dormitory type or Homestay)         
  •          Orientation and briefings for the programme
  •          Guidance and training during the programme
  •          Field Equipment required for the programme
  •          Certificate of participation

Rates do not include:

  • Any additional beverage or food
  • Transport of any sort
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal gear not mentioned here
  • Anything that is not listed above


  • Keep your contribution in perspective
  • Be on time
  • Be flexible and open-minded
  • Expect satisfaction
  • Be responsible


  • Think that you can do anything and everything
  • Carry much money and lending money to people
  • Expect to only have FUN.
  • Ask probing, personal questions

Important Factors

  • All volunteers need to read and sign our Code of Conduct which provides concise guidelines to ensure volunteers have an enjoyable and exciting time
  • The programme is open to anyone and there are no limitations on age or physical condition. But volunteers must have an open mind and attitude to live and work in a tropical environment with basic amenities and to get along with a diverse group of international volunteers
  • You do not have permission to do any sort of activity that causes disturbances to elephants or any other form of wildlife  
  • Personal gear for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by clients
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, etc. are recommended to be brought along



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