A lecture on Human Primate Conflict in Sri Lanka: Solutions for a Better Co-existence (ශ්රි ලංකාවේ ප්රිමාටා මිනිස් ගැටුම: වඩා හොද යහපැවැත්මක් සඳහා විසඳුම්), organized by the Department of Anthropology of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science – Section F, will be held on 28th November 2022 at 3 pm through zoom platform. This lecture will be conducted by Prof. Charmalie Nahallage, prestigious scholar in Primatology, and the Head of the Department of Anthropology, USJ.
Human-primate conflict has become a crisis in Sri Lanka due to the significant damage caused to crops/harvests, households, and related properties. In Sri Lanka, the three diurnal primate species are mainly involved in human-primate interactions: Toque Macaques (Macaca sinica), Purple–faced Leaf Langurs (Semnopithecus vetulus) and Gray Langurs (Semnopithecus priam).
In this lecture, the present status of the human primate conflict of the country, strategies that can be implemented to overcome these issues will be discussed.
This is timely important as the country is facing a hard time with limited food resources and food insecurity due to the current economic crisis. Therefore, limited cultivations (due to fertilizer issue) should be protected/harvested with a least damage. For this, non-human primates, as one of the major causes of these damages should be taken into consideration and controlled.
Knowledge that ought to be shared through the lecture will be helpful to control human primate conflict in various parts of the country through the participants. Especially social sciences undergraduates/graduates who will become development officers, economic officers, GN officers, teachers will be able to utilize these strategies to advice relevant people to overcome issues related to human primate conflict directly. Also, current undergraduates can take this knowledge into their own villages, they can use strategies to reduce the damages caused by primates or they can assist others/respective officials when needed.
Join the lecture through the following zoom credentials
Meeting ID: 667 7815 8574