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.



  • 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.

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.