Centre for Forestry and Environment

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The Research Centre for Forestry and Environment was established in 2016 to conduct high quality research projects in forestry and environment sectors by the academic members of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science with the collaboration of the researchers in other departments of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and research institutes in Sri Lanka and other countries when necessary. The facilities given to the proposed centre are also used to further train the students of the Department at BSc, MSc, MPhil and PhD levels in high quality research. The uniqueness of this centre is the capability of bringing many researchers into a single team so that they can undertake the tasks which may not be able complete by one or two persons. Since the forestry and environment sectors cover a vast area facing immense problems at present, such collaboration is necessary to achieve better results which are useful for the betterment of the country.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the Research Centre for Forestry and Environment (CFE) of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science is to be the leading academic organization to advance and facilitate high standards of research seeking for the solutions for the problems faced by forestry and environment sectors at regional, national and global scales. The mission of the CFE is to conduct research on forest and environmental problems facing the nation and world; to increase the knowledge dissemination; to enhance the status of the university by publishing the findings in high quality journals; to provide a mechanism whereby existing research capabilities in the department and university to be matched with funding sources; to contribute to the university’s graduate and undergraduate programs by involving students in research projects through assistantships and other work arrangements. As part of its mission, the Centre also recognizes the importance of combining expertise and capacities of multiple institutions, disciplines and professions in addressing complex problems.

Objectives

a. Conduct high quality research projects to solve the prevailing issues of the forestry and environment sectors in Sri Lanka

b. Contribute to the development of the nation by findings of the intended high quality researches

c. Publish the research findings in scientific journals including those listed in Science Citation Index to enhance the status of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura

d. Train the students at postgraduate and undergraduate levels for conducting high quality research

Director of the Centre

Dr. Upul Subasinghe  – Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Advisory Panel

  • Dr. Prasanthi Gunawardene (Head, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science)
  • Prof. H.S. Amarasekara – Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Dr. N. Ruwanpathirana – State Timber Corporation
  • Mr. K.P. Ariyadasa – Former Conservator General, Forest Department
  • Mr. K.H. Muthukudaarachchi (Director General, Central Environmental Authority
  • Senior Assistant Bursar – Invited

Facilities Available

The CFE has been started in mid-2016 and currently it uses the laboratory and equipment facilities at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science.