CES was established in January 1998 by a group of interdisciplinary researchers whose aim was to create an institute for participatory eco-cultural development in Sri Lanka through research, education, awareness and community development. CES is registered as a Non-governmental research institute concerned with issues pertaining to the present eco-cultural status of Sri Lanka and advocates sustainable measures to suit the local environment and cultures. Collaborative undertakings with other eco-culture friendly institutes will create an extensive network to promote awareness and foster eco-cultural development in Sri Lanka.
In consolidating the work programme, the field research base and interpretation centre at Diyakapilla in Sigiriya established under the project facilitates to promote opportunities in eco-cultural resource documentation, provide experience in Dry Zone lifeways and training in biodiversity monitoring techniques to students, researchers and other stakeholders concerned with the conservation of eco-cultural diversity.
To conduct eco-cultural studies
To conduct eco-cultural education, awareness and training programmes
To establish and maintain an interpretation centre
To promote environment-friendly local industries to assist local communities
To promote non-destructive nature-based local enterprises