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Sampath De Alwis Goonatilake

Sampath De Alwis Goonatilake
International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sri Lanka Country office. · Biodiversity

BSc, Post Graduate Dip in Archaeology, MSc,

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August 2004 - November 2020
International Union for Conservation of Nature
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Publications (49)
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We used citizen science and inexpensive methodology to assess the distribution of the jungle cat Felis chaus, a relatively common species in Sri Lanka but the least studied of the four wild cat species occurring in the country. We obtained three types of records of the jungle cat: geo-referenced photographs of the species from the public; sightings...
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In this paper, we introduce a framework for capturing the ecosystem services generated from cascade tank systems using detailed mapping of an ecosystem benefit. The cascading tank system in Sri Lanka, which has a history of over 2,000 years, captures Northeast monsoon rains and allows for agriculture in the dry season, prevents floods, and increase...
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After the 30-year long civil war was over, the Government of Sri Lanka commenced an accelerated programme to develop the Northern Province. If not carefully planned, such a programme will result in the loss of biodiversity and the consequent loss of services that ecosystems provide humans. Therefore, documenting the biodiversity found within coasta...
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Molecular phylogeny of Sri Lankan wild buffaloes based on genetic variability of mitochondrial cytochrome b gene
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The globally and nationally threatened wild buffalo (Bubalus arnee) is a large bovine species native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Its origin, taxonomy and present occurrence in Sri Lanka is still unclear. The present study characterizes buffaloes using the morphometry of skulls from museums, private collections and protected areas...
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The Local Bubalus arnee measurements are closest to B.a.theerapati from Thailand and Cambodia. The presences of individuals suspected to be those of Bubalus arnee in the protected areas of the country highlights the critical necessity to safeguard these populations from possible mixing with feral herd.
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This is the first report of DNA sequence of the wild buffalos in Sri Lanka. The findings suggest the critical necessity to extend the study to cover the protected areas within the country to reveal the possibility of occurrence of the local B.arnee.
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The wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) is a globally and nationally threatened bovine species native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The taxonomic status of the Sri Lankan wild buffaloes, however, is still uncertain and their origin and genetic status remains unresolved. The present study documents the molecular phylogenetics of the...
Technical Report
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In September 2019, the IUCN/CI Biodiversity Assessment Unit held a workshop to complete IUCN Red List assessments for 169 species of snakes and lizards of the 230 currently (September 2019) described reptile species known from Sri Lanka, as part of the Global Reptile Assessment. Additionally, a preliminary Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) assessment was...
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A total of 61 endemic species were assessed. Of these, 12 point endemic species were listed as Critically Endangered (CR); 24 range-restricted species were Endangered (EN); and nine species were Vulnerable (VU). In addition, five species were Near Threatened (NT); two were listed as Data Deficient (DD); and the remaining were listed as Least Concer...
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Sri Lanka’s location, historic and geologic isolation from the continental landmass, topography and climate act to shape its biogeography and biodiversity, including conferring a remarkably high level of endemism, given its close proximity to the mainland. The island hosts several ‘point endemic1 species and even monotypic endemic genera. However t...
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Assessment of the ecological damage resulted due to an unauthorized forest clearance by a contractor in Nawaneliya - Beligoda Reserve Forest in Sri Lanka. The Project Management Unit of the Mahaweli Water Security Investment Project engaged IUCN Sri Lanka to undertake the assessment. Due to time and data limitations, this assessment was performed u...
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In this presentation, we discuss an innovative public private biodiversity/ecosystem finance partnership between the HSBC Global Water Program and IUCN-Sri Lanka to finance an ecosystem/landscape level restoration of cascading tanks aimed at enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services and improving rural livelihoods.
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Assessment of impact of Kapiriggama small tank cascade restoration using a control site - Pihimbiyagollewa cascade with Difference in Difference approach.
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After the three decade-long civil war was over, the Government of Sri Lanka commenced an accelerated programme to develop the Northern Province. If not properly planned, these developmental projects will result in the loss of biological diversity and, in particular, the consequent loss of services that ecosystems provide humans. One of the importan...
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The taxonomy of the three native taxa assigned to the genus Labeo (L. dussumieri, L. fisheri and L. porcellus lankae) in Sri Lanka is reviewed. The population hitherto identified as L. dussumieri in Sri Lanka is shown to be a distinct species, here named L. heladiva. Labeo heladiva, new species, has a wide distribution in the low and mid-elevations...
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Introduction to the Urban bat conservation, including general information of bats, their ecological role, conservation measures, and pictorial guide to conman bats species recorded from Sri Lanka. Sinhala language book prepared for school awareness programmes.
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This manual is an output of the project activity “Compile traditional knowledge and practices on practices relevant to maintenance of agrobiodiversity and adaptation to climate change situations and disseminate information through relevant channels to target groups” and it provides wealth of information for the development of agriculture and agrobi...
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This manual is an output of the project activity “Compile traditional knowledge and practices on practices relevant to maintenance of agrobiodiversity and adaptation to climate change situations and disseminate information through relevant channels to target groups” and it provides wealth of information for the development of agriculture and agrobi...
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First substantiated record of Ceriops decandra (Rhizophoraceae) in Sri Lanka
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The project is carrying out the scientific restoration of the Kapiriggama cascading tank system and will develop a sustainable management mechanism, with the full participation of local communities and regulatory bodies at the cascade level. It will also restore the selected degraded watershed in the system, in order to contribute to enhanced susta...
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This short communication was done at least 8 years ago and tried to collate information regarding the lesser known theraphosid spider species Poecilotheria pederseni. We tried to expand distribution data and tried to provided location specific conservation issues. However, the work could not completed due to other work commitments. This short commu...
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Delft Island is covered by a mosaic of diverse vegetation types, ranging from natural and semi-natural habitats, to highly anthropogenic habitats. A total of 209 species of flowering plant species representing diverse life forms including epiphytes (one species), shrubs (29 species), climbers (42 species), trees (67 species) and herbs (70 species)...
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Documentation of the Ethno-biological resources in four Villagers located on the southern boundary of Wilpattu national Park
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A study was conducted in Periya-kalapuva, Palakuda, Potuvil lagoon wetland system and immediate surrounding area in the coastal zone of Ampara disttrict in order to document the biodiversity profile (basic structure, composition and functions) of the area for facilitating resuorce management. The results showed the presence of biologically diverse...
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Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1 Year Published: 2008 Date Assessed: 2008-06-30 Assessor(s): de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1 Year Published: 2008 Date Assessed: 2008-06-30 Assessor(s): Molur, S., Nameer, P.O. & de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S. Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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The initiative by Hydramani industries can serve as an excellent case study for environmentally sustainable development. Therefore, the baseline conditions that existed before the project as well as the overall impact of the environmental friendly initiatives implemented by the project have to be documented. This study undertaken by IUCN Sri Lanka...
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The biodiversity baseline survey was undertaken by IUCN in the Tirukkovil Lagoon area to assist in a mangrove replanting strategy for the Sewalanka Foundation. Baseline data of the Tirukkovil area will help the Foundation to determine the mangrove restoration strategies and future monitoring mechanisms to measure the success of ecological restorati...
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Moragahakanda area and Amban Ganga basins are part of our ancient irrigation civilization being the arena of historical river diversion endeavours pertaining to Amban Ganga. The Elahera anicut and the Yoda Ela were first built by King Mahasena (275-301 AD) and later renovated in the early 1940’s. The project site is located near Elahera in the Mata...
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The biodiversity baseline survey was undertaken by IUCN in the Panama Lagoon area to assist in a mangrove replanting strategy for the Sewalanka Foundation. Baseline data of the Panama area will help the Foundation to determine, not only mangrove restoration strategies, but also future monitoring mechanisms to measure the success of ecological resto...
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Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. The park derives its name from the unique presence of many natural lakes or “villus” with fresh or brackish water in the area. First declared as a sanctuary in 1905, its conservation status was elevated to that of a National Park in 1938. The area where the park is located has great histori...
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The Wilpattu National Park (WNP) is the oldest and largest national park in the country. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1905 and thereafter upgraded to a national park on February 25, 1938. However, as a result of the civil conflict, the WNP was closed from December 1988 until March 2003. WNP is not only siginificant from an ecological standpoin...
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Vilpattu National Park (1, 31,879 ha in extent) is located in the northwestern corner of Sri Lanka. This is one of the least explored areas, which has only been documented for some ancient inscriptions and proto historic crematories. The present study was conducted under the Vilpattu Resource Inventory Project implemented by The World Conservation...
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According to literature there are 91 species of indigenous mammals in Sri Lanka, of which 16 species are endemic to the island. Another 12 species have been introduced to Sri Lanka, of which four species, namely Bubalas bubblis, Equus caballus, Equus asinus and Rattus norvegicus have well established feral populations. In addition, 26 species of ma...
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Birds species recorded in the ancient Chronicles in Sri Lanka.
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Miocene vertebrate fossils described by PEP deraniyagala arivew of Miocene fossils from Aruvakalu