On the 1st of December 2018, Dilmah Conservation hosted an interactive workshop for One Earth Nature Club members on ‘Tools and Frameworks for Effective Conservation’. The workshop was held at the Diyasaru Wetland Park and gave Nature Club members the unique opportunity to learn about systematic project management techniques from two industry leaders in the field – Mrs. Shiranee Yasaratne and Mr. Roshan Salinda from Biodiversity Sri Lanka and also learn about the unfolding of the Diyasaru Wetland Park project from Ms. Chethika Gunasiri – the environmental scientist in charge of the park.

A diverse group of young adults attended the workshop, including mid-career professionals, scholars, students, and environmentalists. They learnt how to design streamlined sustainable projects that are likely to succeed and the importance of having S.M.A.R.T goals and objectives – ones which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound, to achieve desired project outcomes in a team. The workshop also gave participants the opportunity to get Mrs. Shiranee’s and Mr. Roshan’s valuable advice on how to tap into private sector opportunities, align projects with national policies to achieve maximum benefits, and work in an integrated manner with other organisations to avoid haphazard unsustainable projects.

A group work session allowed the participants to practically apply the knowledge they gained to real-world problems: they constructed systematic project plans from general project descriptions, presented and discussed their work, and shared their insights on better project implementation. The workshop ended with the presentation of participation certificates and a discussion which encouraged the participants to reflect on all that they had learnt and how it can be applied to design projects that affect greater positive change in the world. The workshop was instrumental in helping the One Earth Nature Club members flesh out their project ideas and generate actionable, ethical, and well-rounded project plans with minimum confusion.

Ms. Chethika’s presentation introduced the Nature Club members to the increasingly important field of wetland conservation. Through the presentation, nature club members learnt about the fascinating range of wetland ecosystem services and how they support Sri Lanka’s economy, the complex nature of conservation projects, and the importance of systematic and strategic project implementation and planning to guarantee project sustainability. She elaborated on how diligent and proactive efforts taken by her project team led to Colombo being internationally accredited as a Ramsar wetland capital city in 2017 an achievement which has offered Colombo a unique opportunity to rebrand itself as a sustainable and species-rich wetland capital city destination.

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