Department of Wildlife Conservation (Sri Lanka)



The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) under the Ministry of Agrarian Services and Wildlife is entrusted with the overall conservation of fauna and flora of the country and the maintenance of its diversity. The functions of DWC are largely governed by the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and the Wildlife Conservation Policy approved in the year 2000. DWC maintains a network of protected areas in the country for the purpose of conserving the natural resources within. The network includes 15 National Parks, 4 Nature Reserves, 3 Strict Natural Reserves and 55 Sanctuaries.