Rescue endangered Elephants in sri lanka

Invented an Efficient Elephant fence

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Mr. Seneviratna Pathiranage Rohana

Initiative's representative date of birth

27 November 1970

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Sri Lanka

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?


Date Started

May 2019

Project Stage

  • Start-up (first few activities have happened)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €1k - €10k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Approximately 300 Wild Asian elephants die each year in Sri Lanka. This number is rising year by year. The Wildlife Conservation Department reports that over 50 elephants die each year from the cruel practice of "hakka patas," which consists of placing an explosive mixture of iron and gun powder into pumpkins and other produce that are available to elephants for consumption. Twenty six elephants die each year from electrical fencing. At the same time, elephants are responsible for over 1300 incidents of property damage, destroying crops and endangering the lives of their human neighbors. During field visits we have observed malfunctions of the electric fences typically used to contain the elephants.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

In the country of Sri Lanka, with a population of approximately 21 million people, there are about 5,800 elephants. With a land mass of 65,000 Km on this small island, it is easy to surmise that contacts between elephants and people are quite common. The ecosystem of the wild Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximas) is being encroached upon by human habitation, threatening the welfare of these endangered animals, as well as their human neighbors.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Sunray's objective is to raise the awareness of and compassion for Sri Lanken Wild Elephants. We trust our community outreach and training will help people, especially our youth, to understand the biologic interdependence of elephants and people. Having both technical and practical guidance will enhance the conservation and protection of these animals and their human neighbors.By educating our youth, we look toward a future of economic growth and a gradual increase in the number of healthy elephants, and to end the sometimes cruel and deadly practices designed to inhibit elephants.  We will encourage our youth to step up and take active leadership in this conservation effort. Opening Corridors for the Elephants, Creating newly invented electric fences, Establishing bee colonies, Bio-fencing will lead to a safer environment for animals and humans in the boundary protected areas. This will also enhance the farmer's long range ability to produce more and spend less to do so. Our plan is to remove the Wild Asian Elephant from the endangered list and to create a higher standard of living for Sri Lankans.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

traditional etric fencing is not adequate to insure successful boundaries for the elephants not capitalize Elephants, Human Conflict. The technology utilized in the current electric fencing is not adequate to insure successful boundaries for the elephants. So the fences are Often Breaks by the animals Sunray Foundation staff has developed fencing strong enough to withstand the resistance of wild elephants.This technology is unique to our program and has not been utilized any where else in the world. The fencing developed by Sunray has been tested and found to be 10 times more efficient than traditional fencing.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

.The first action of the Sunray Foundation staff will involve the creation of a tool that will assess the problems and issues related to the coexistance of elephants and humans in Sri Lanka. Questionnaires will be distributed among people living in rural and urban areas to help ascertain the public perception of issues affecting safe and humane interactions between elephants and their human neighbors. (During 1 & 2 months ) 2.Following the collection of data, Sunray staff with conduct face to face interviews with people living near the boundary areas of the Wild Asian elephants. These interviews will include villagers, farmers and wildlife experts from a variety of organizations and youth in rural school settings. Sunray staff will provide a period of daily visual monitoring of high risk areas to track the movement and behavior of elephants and to assess how this is impacting local villagers.(3rd & 4th nmonths )we will conduct the awareness programmes for the Government Authority.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

The project conduct a series of biodiversity education programmes to impart knowledge and practices that would enable communities to protect their crops while simultaneously supporting elephant and biodiversity conservation. The project improved farmers’ livelihoods and created awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation, while deterring elephants from raiding farms. It improved the ecological health of landscapes, supported farmers to acquire the capacity to apply innovative anti-crop raiding techniques, promoted crop diversity and improved management of the protected areas.These engagements will rekindled a deep interest in conservation among communities and other stakeholders. A study will conduct at the end of the project to reveal that How many per cent of community members accept that elephant conservation is important for enhancing the ecological health of the ecosystem and human wellbeing. This figure is likely to rise as more and more people to participate

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

The Sri Lankan elephant population is now largely restricted to the dry zone in the north, east and southeast of Sri Lanka. Between 3-4 hundred elephants inhabit the greater Hambantota area. This number represents approximately 10% of Sri Lanka's elephant population. It is the primary goal of Sunray Foundation to ensure the safety of these elephants. Our proposed conservation plan joins Udawalawa, Lunugamvehera and Bundala wild life reserves with the aim of understanding migration behavior of elephants. Our proposal has utilized longitudinal studies performed using satellite technology. The Sunray plan is to select areas from the dry zone to be deemed "protected areas" by procuring the lands currently populated by people and rehabilitate

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

1.Sustainable communities and disaster risk reduction Our focus will be on reducing the number of deaths to humans that occur due to elephant attack. Statistics will indicate the number of deaths incurred as a result of elephant activity prior to the implementation of this project. 2. Our secondary focus will be on reducing the number of elephant deaths related to human activity in the targeted areas of study. 4. Food security,Sustainable consumption Our plan is to reduce the acres of cropland destroyed by elephants upon completion of our project. This goal will be achieved by: a) Gender equalityeducation and awareness activities directed at affected communities, businessleaders,schools

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

We have planned to create 10 km fence As a Pilot project in Suriyawava of Hambanthota District. We have already got a confirmation letter for 8000 € of funding by Environmental Conservation organisation. In the Medium term we are planning to Build a fence around the ERA in Hambanthota. We have have presented project proposal for an international Environmental Organisation for this purpose. In the long term we are planning to introduce this Method in the island as a whole. For this purpose we will expect the financial support from the Government & from the international community also. We have already submit a project proposal to Foundation ensemble for 7000€ to further expansion through out the Country.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Mrs. Kathryn E Lucas Sacramento, California, United States Project Co-ordinator The Chairman Mr. Sunil shantha Holds a post Graduate Diploma in Education . The Secretary W.M. R. Wickramasinha Bsc (Biology ) The treasurer Ajantha Dharmasena Post Graduate Diploma The Inventer of the Electric fence Mr. Shantha kumara. He holds the Patent License of the Government. Staff Consists of 3 ladies and one male. Volunteers There are about 25 volunteers in Hambanthota District

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 25%

Maybe - 50%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 25%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 25%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 50%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 75%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 66.7%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 33.3%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 66.7%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 100%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 66.7%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 33.3%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 33.3%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 50%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 50%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 50%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 50%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 50%

Other option - 0%

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