Ruwan Pathiranageeco friends collectives Sri Lanka · sustainable development
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Human–elephant conflict (HEC) is a severe and much-debated issue in Sri Lanka. An average of two hundred animals are intentionally killed, and seventy to eighty human casualties are counted each year. The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is an endangered subspecies. The reported elephant mortality rates are high. On the other hand,huma...
In rural Sri Lanka, human-wildlife conflict has increasingly become a hindrance to sustainable development in different aspects. In small-scale farming, a number of animal species are ravaging crops, contributing to the socioeconomic insecurity of peasant cultivators. Also, wild animals are threatening the safety of villagers. On the other hand, ef...
The study deals with social–ecological dynamics in irrigated agriculture in Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Paddy cultivation on small-scale farms, the prevalent livelihood strategy in the region, is highly dependent on irrigation. Small village tanks and large-scale irrigation schemes shape agricultural life, together with modernized agrarian technologies i...
Köpke, S., Withanachchi, Sisira., Pathiranage, R, Withanachchi, Chandana., and Ploeger, A. Political Ecology of Irrigation Agriculture in Dry Zone Sri Lanka. XV IWRA World Water Conference, Edinburgh UK, May 25, 2015. The presentation is based on the collaborative research project Institute for Social Sciences, Technische Universität Braunschweig,...
Lack of attention to spatial and temporal cross-scale dynamics and effects could be understood as one of the lacunas in scholarship on river basin management. Within the water-climate-food-energy nexus, an integrated and inclusive approach that recognizes traditional knowledge about and experiences of climate change and water resource management ca...
This project aims to understand socio-economic, political, geographic and ecological drivers of human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka. It is financed by the University of Kassel (ZFF seed funding) and based on ethnographic methods. It attempts a synthesis of political ecology, critical agrarian studies and institutional perspectives to human-wildlife interactions in rural settings.
This is my dissertation project, dealing with questions of dryland agriculture, rural conflict, and economic development. Most papers I have written in 2012-2017 fall into the scope of this project.