Inauguration session of the “Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project” was held under the patronage of Mr. H.D.Ratnayake, Director General of Department of Wildlife Conservation and Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, Consultant to the Minister of Sports and Tourism Hon. Navin Disanayake, at the Department of Wildlife Conservation on Wednesday the 22 July.
Dugong is a globally endangered marine mammal which requires immediate action to recover from extinction. The ”Dugong and Sea Grass Conservation Project” is focused on enhancing conservation effectiveness of seagrass ecosystems on globally significant population of dugongs across the Indian and Pacific Ocean basin. Eight countries including Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Indonesia are partner countries of this conservation project. The main objective of the project is to protect the Dugong and its habitats in the Indian and Pacific Oceans which recorded range of the Dugong.
The workshop was held on 22 and 23 July at the auditorium of the DWC to introduce the Dugong and Sea Grass Conservation Project to key government institutes and other stake holders. Mr. M.I.M Rafeeic, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports was also participated in this event.