IPS research on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture focuses on the role of coordinated policies and strategies aimed at safeguarding the continuity of Sri Lanka’s natural capital stock. These include innovation and adoption of right technical solutions, getting the structure of incentives right, and setting up effective institutions. The rising scarcity of land, issues of agriculture productivity, and food security, coupled with the risks and uncertainty associated with climate change impacts calls for an integrated approach that combines decisions taken at several areas of public policy.


Presentation on ‘Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation

22nd Sustainable Development Conference
Organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
03 – 05 December 2019
Islamabad, Pakistan

Ruwan Samaraweera  

Presentation on ‘Sustainable Climate Change Action Through Youth Involvement in Policy Making: A Perception Study

Sri Lanka Next 2019: A Blue Green Era Conference
Organized by SLYCAN Trust and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
24 October 2019
BMICH, Colombo 07

Ruwan Samaraweera  

Presentation on ‘Smallholder Farmer Participation in Maize Contract Farming in Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka’
In House Seminar
23 January 2019

Nimesha Dissanayake


Keynote speech on Climate Change, Gender Issues and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

At the ‘Encountering SDGs and Climate Change Challenges: A Roundtable for Women Professionals’

Organized by Centre for Women’s Research, NetWater, Sri Lanka Water Partnership, and the National Committee on Women

Kanchana Wickramasinghe

22 December 2017

Centre for Women’s Research in Colombo

Panelist at the Panel discussion titled “2018 Blue Green Budget of Sri Lanka: It’s Reality in Environmental Perspective”

Organized by the Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka (IEPSL)

Kanchana Wickramasinghe

14 December 2017

National Library and Documentation Board’s Auditorium

“National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change Impacts in Sri Lanka (NAP)”

At the Workshop on “Preparing a Provincial Climate Adaptation Plan for the Southern Province”

Organized by the Climate Change Secretariat

Kanchana Wickramasinghe

27 November 2017

Management Development and Training Institute Southern Province in Wakwella

Technical session on “Practical Recommendations to implement Green Accounting in Sri Lanka”
At the National Workshop on “Establishing a Green Accounting System for Sri Lanka: Lesson Sharing Future Development”
Organized by the Blue-Green Economy Financing Facility (BEFF) Secretariat of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) with the partnership of Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Department of Census and Statistics and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
Kanchana Wickramasinghe
17-18 August 2017
Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Twitter Chat on Economic Benefits of Environment Management
Organized by the World Bank in collaboration with IPS
Kanchana Wickramasinghe
21st August 2017 – online discussion


Presentation on “National Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Policy (NIFSNP)”, at national workshop on “Food Value Chain Development”, IPS Auditorium, 6 and 7 April.
(By: Manoj Thibbotuwawa)

Presentation on “Agri-food Value Chains in Sri Lanka: Dairy and Fisheries Value Chains”, at national workshop on “Food Value Chain Development”, IPS Auditorium, 6 and 7 April.
(By: Dilani Hirimuthugodage)

Presentation on “Key Findings on Existing Risk Management Strategies and the Situation and Issues with regard to Climate Insurance”, at stakeholders’ meeting on “Findings of the IPS Study on Demand for Climate Insurance by Dry Zone Farmers in Sri Lanka”, IPS Conference Room, 13 September.
(By: Kanchana Wickramasinghe)


Presentation on “Establishing a Green Accounting Mechanism: Sri Lanka’s Experience” at the Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India, 5 – 6 February.
(By: Athula Senaratne)

Presentation on “National Climate Change Adaptation Plan” at the press meeting organized by the Climate Action Network of South Asia (CANSA), Sri Lanka Press Institute, Colombo, 24 February.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Presentation on “Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Networks in Indian Ocean Rim Countries” at the IORA Blue Economy Core Group Workshop on “Promoting Fisheries and Aquaculture and Maritime Safety and Security Cooperation In Indian Ocean Region” organized by IORA , Durban, South Africa, 4 and 5 May.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Presentation on “Energy Management in Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka: Adoption of Good Practices” at the “International Symposium on Energy Challenges in the Knowledge Economy”, Hilton, Colombo, 26 and 27 June.
(By: Kanchana Wickramasinghe)

Presentation on “Supply and Price Behaviour: Rice, Livestock & Fish” at the 3rd Research Coordination Meeting, organized by NSF, Hotel Renuka City, 9 August.
(By: Athula Senaratne and Manoj Thibbotuwawa)

Presentation on “Key Factors for IORA Countries in Harnessing Benefits from Fisheries and Aquaculture” at the IORA Blue Economy Dialogue on “Prospects of Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean”, organized by RIA, India and Ministry of External Affairas of India, Goa, India, 17 and 18 August.
(By: Chatura Rodrigo)

Presentation on “SAARC Seed Bank: Potentials and Challenges” at the Regional Consultation on “Conservation, Use and Exchange of Crop Genetic Resources: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Food-Secure, Climate-Resilient South Asia”, organized by SAWTEE together with Fridtjof Nansens Institute (FNI, Norway), Kathmandu, 26 and 27 August.
(By: Manoj Thibbotuwawa)

Presentation on “Fisheries and Aquaculture in IORA Region: Opportunities and Challenges” at IORA Dialog, Perth, Australia, 5 to 7 September.
(By: Chatura Rodrigo)

Discussant on “Climate Change and Emerging Business Opportunities” at a workshop on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Emerging Business Opportunities in South Asia”, organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ramada Hotel, Colombo, 01 October.
(By: Manoj Thibbotuwawa)

Presentation on “Dynamic Transformation of Agricultural Sector in Sri Lanka” at Agricultural Economic Researchers Association (AERA) Conference on “Dynamics of Transforming Agriculture in Asia”, organized by AERA and IFPRI, Mumbai, India, 02 to 04 December.
(By: Manoj Thibbotuwawa)

Discussant on “Public Investments in Agriculture in South Asia” at a workshop on “Regional Cooperation on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia: Some Reflections and Way Forward”, organized by SAWTEE at Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 to 28 December.
(By:Manoj Thibbotuwawa)


Presentation on “Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties : The Case of Seed Paddy in Sri Lanka”, International Conference of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sabaragamuwa, 9 and 10 January.
(By: Dilani Hirimuthugodage)

Presentation on “Agricultural Adaptation Practices in Sri Lanka” at SAWTEE workshop Kathmandu, 11 – 15 March 2014.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Guest lecture on “Payments to Eco-system Services” at Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, 25 to 27 March.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Presentation on “Integrating Traditional Agro-ecosystems and Technology Management for Assurance of Food and Nutritional Security : Village Tank Aquaculture and Divi Neguma Programmes in Sri Lanka” at National Institute of Rural Development NIRD – Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) workshop, Hyderabad, 19 to 21 May.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Presentation on “Demand for Climate Insurance in Sri Lanka: Comparative Study of Dry Zone Rain-fed Farmers and Coastal Fishers” at the “Fifteenth Annual Global Development Conference of the Global Development Network (GDN)”, Accra, Ghana, 18 to 20 June.
(By: Kanchana Wickramasinghe)

Presentation on “An Overview on Ocean Resources, Energy Resources and Biosecurity in the Indian Ocean Rim Region” at the regional workshop on “Establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment for the Indian Ocean Rim Countries”, Hilton, Colombo, 30 June.
(By: Kanchana Wickramasinghe)

Presentation on “Climate Change Challenges Faced by Indian Ocean Rim Countries” at Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) workshop in Colombo, 30 June.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Presentation on “Constraints for Adoption of Environmental Management Practices in the Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka” at “Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference: Nature, Culture and Networking for Sustainable Tourism”, Hotel Kandalama, 9 to 10 August.
(By: Kanchana Wickramasinghe)

Presentation on “Water – Energy Nexus” at TERI workshop, New Delhi, 1 to 4 September.
(By: Athula Senaratne )

Presentation on “Determinants of Milk Consumption in Sri Lanka”, at the “Annual Research Forum of Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association”, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI), 12 December.
(By: Kanchana Wickramasinghe)

Presentation on “Improving Market Affordability and Accessibility of Milk and Milk Products in Sri Lanka”, at the “8th Annual Research Forum of Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association”, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Tanning Institute, 12 and 13 December.
(By: Dilani Hirimuthugodage)

Presentation on “Technology Disposal: An Exploratory Study of the E-waste Management in Sri Lanka”, at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE), Kandy, 14 December.
(By: Samanthi Bandara)