Tropical Biodiversity and Ecotourism Field Course

Course Overview

Embark on a captivating two-week journey into the heart of tropical biodiversity and conservation through our immersive short course. Designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds, from undergraduates to postgraduates and nature enthusiasts, this program offers a unique blend of theory and hands-on field experiences. Join us to discover the remarkable natural treasures of Sri Lanka while gaining essential knowledge in ecotourism and conservation practices.

Course Objectives

  • Raise Awareness: Understand the critical role of natural resource management and how ecotourism principles contribute to global conservation efforts.
  • Environmental Literacy: Acquire practical skills and knowledge in ecotourism and natural resource management to make a positive impact on our planet.
  • Experiential Education: Immerse yourself in cultural insights, biodiversity exploration, and conservation techniques, enhanced by training in activities like hiking, exploring fauna and flora and more.
  • Responsible Travel: Learn the art of responsible travelling in pristine natural settings, ensuring environmental preservation while documenting traditional wisdom.
  • Discover Diversity: Uncover hidden tourist gems and seldom-explored locales that showcase the rich tapestry of Sri Lankan culture, heritage, and biodiversity.
  • Community of Explorers: Engage with a tight-knit group of like-minded individuals who share your passion for nature and discovery.

Course Highlights

Module 1: Ecosystem Exploration

  • Dive into the vibrant world of ecosystem diversity and species richness.
  • Explore the current status of global biodiversity and recognize its intrinsic value.
    Delve into endemic species and their unique significance.
  • Understand the multifaceted threats faced by Sri Lanka’s biodiversity.


Module 2: Conservation Strategies

  • Explore in-situ and ex-situ conservation methods.
  • Discover the pivotal role of communities in biodiversity preservation.
  • Gain insights into forest reserve management and protected area planning.


Module 3: Wildlife and Habitat Management

  • Investigate wildlife conservation practices, with a focus on Sri Lanka’s efforts.
  • Learn about elephant conservation and its implications.
  • Understand threats to biodiversity, protected forests, and wildlife reserves.


Field Experience

  • Embark on exciting field trips that bring theory to life.


Areas you will explore

National Parks

Conservation Sites

Cultural Sites

Forest Reserves

Mangrove or Sanctuaries

Location sites





  1. Gangewadiya Mangrove
  2. Thabbowa Sanctuary
  3. Anuradhapura Sacred City
  4. Wilpattu National Park
  5. Ritigala Forest Monastery
  6. Minneriya National Park
  7. Kandy
  8. Nuwara Eliya
  9. Hortain Plain National Park
  10. Galway National Park
  11. Haggala Botanical Garden
  12. Katharagama
  13. Yala National Park
  14. Udawalawe National Park
  15. Bundala National Park
  16. Maduriver Safari
  17. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
Programme Code:
Programme Category: Short Course- (CERC Project) Approved by the Department of Zoology
Conducted by: Department of Zoology
Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
Course: Short Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecotourism Field Course
Medium: English

Open to individuals aged 18 and above, with no formal qualifications required.

Minimum Enrollment: The course requires a minimum of 20 students to commence.

Course Requirements: To receive a “Certificate of Participation,” participants must achieve a minimum of 80% attendance during the field sessions.

Issuing of Applications: 5th April 2024
Closing Date of Applications: 5th May 2024
Programme Commencing date: 1st June 2014

How to Register : If you are interested in joining the intake of this course, please provide your contact information in the google form below:

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The expected intake is 20 individuals per batch. (First come, first saved basis)

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Contact Details

Address Dr. Saminda Fernando (Head/ Department of Zoology)
Dr. D.D.G.L. Dahanayaka (Programme Coordinator)
The department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka.
Contact 112881488 / 112881446
(Weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Sri Lankan time)
E-mail Dr. Saminda Fernando
Dr. D.D.G.L. Dahanayaka
Ms. E. R. K. De Silva (Academic Coordinator)
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