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Core Strategist

Sudarshani Fernando

Core Strategist

“Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.”

-Mary Oliver





Sudarshani is from Sri Lanka, serving as the co-founder and Director of the Centre for Eco-cultural Studies (CES) – a research-based training institute, located in the wildlife sanctuary of Sigiriya.

Sudarshani has represented CES in the Indigenous Working Group for the Livelihood Recovery of Indigenous People (IWGLRIP), a multi-stakeholder network established in response to the livelihood insecurities being experienced by modern forest-dependent communities. Her work involves outreach with those communities, promoting natural and cultural resource conservation.

She has been researching the lifeways of the ‘Vadda’ people since 1991 at the Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS) and subsequently at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR) and serves as the resident anthropologist at CES.

Since 2014, the focus of Sudarshani’s work representing CES has been enhancement of law enforcement relating to established national wildlife legislation.

In 2013, she co-founded Sentinels Against Wildlife Crime (SAWC). SAWC is comprised of a network of concerned individuals, legal personnel, media, and conservationists who raise awareness of wildlife crime and advocate against it. As a Core Advisor, Sudarshani has focused on the conservation campaigns being fought on the ground in Sri Lanka in support of the global megafauna crisis.


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