International Symposium on Sustainable Soil Management

An International Symposium on Sustainable Soil Management has been organized along with the 50th Anniversary of Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka. The two days event will be featured with a symposium on  5th of December 2019 followed by a Post-conference Educational Field Tour to Nuwara Eliya and Dambugasagala mini watershed in Keppetipola of Welimada Divisional Secretariat of Badulla District. The Director General of Agriculture will participate as the chiefguest while Keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Janice Thies, Cornell University, USA.

On the 2nd day of the programme, the participants will be accompanied on a post conference Educational Field Tour to Nuwara Eliya and Dambugasagala mini watershed in Keppetipola of Welimada.

Objectives of the field trip.
  1. Share the experience of institutional collaboration and community participation for successful implementation of sustainable land management
  2. Share the experience of implementing sustainable land management as a landscape model.
  3. Expert review the present sustainable land management activities in the mini watersheds and advise for further improvement.

The educational trip is designed to explore the diversity in soil types due to agro-climatic, topographic and land-use variations in Nuwara Eliya and to understand the importance of acknowledging this diversity in land resource management.

Participants will be taken through a picturesque ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, during which they can experience the predominant agricultural land-uses in the Central Highlands of the country.  Participants will visit the Seethaeliya research station of the Department of Agriculture located in Nuwara Eliya first. There they will view the soil profiles to understand the effect of land degradation on soil resource.

Later the group will visit thesustainable land management activities operating at Dambugasagalamini watershed in Keppetipola. The project on Rehabilitation of Degraded Agricultural Lands in Kandy, Badulla, and Nuwara Eliya Districts of the Central Highlands (GCP / SRL/ 063/ GEF)  isoperated as a joint effort of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Natural Resources Management Center of Department of Agriculture. The project is funded by the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) and implemented by FAO. Participants will visit the degraded lands improved with soil conservation, infilling and intercropping activities, farms in the region certified for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and off-farm sites that have been improved with sustainable land management activities.

Some photos from DambugasAgala region

Terracing of slopy lands

 

Unproductive lands converted vegetable cultivation

 

A water retention pond that can improve the groundwater table