International Forestry and Environment Symposium organised by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science of the Faculty of Applied Sciences for the 23rd consecutive year was held from 23rd and 24th November 2018 at Citrus, Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka. This is one of the premier events where researchers, academia, professionals, policymakers and the industry meet to network, discuss and learn about the latest developments in forestry and environment in the region. The theme of this year’s symposium was“Towards Sustainable and Greener Future”.
Symposium was graced by Prof. D. P. S. Chandrakumara; Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Prof Upul Subasinghe; Symposium Chair, Head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, Dr G G T Chandrathilake; Coordinator of the Symposium, Dr Varuni Jayasooriya; coordinator of the symposium, Dr Mary Boyse; Key Note Speaker, Associate Professor of School of Science, Edith Cowan University, Mr. Tom Jenkins; Keynote Speaker, Head of Forest Research in Wales, Forest Research Agency, Environment Centre Wales, United Kingdom, Western Australia and a large number of distinguished academic members and researchers representing various fields in forestry and environmental sciences.
Around 150 new key research findings under the themes of “Forest and Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity and Ecological Health, Climate Change and Disaster Management, Sustainable Land Use and Urban Development, Biomass and Sustainable Energy, Waste Management and Pollution Control, Wood Science, Wood and Non Wood Industry, Environmental Economics in Resource Management, Geology, Soil and Water Resource Management, Environmental Engineering and Green Technology, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Tourism” were presented by the scholars, local and foreign participants including key government officials, academics, researchers and business leaders in Forestry and Environment Sectors.