International Heritage

As announced on 11th of December 2001, it is a Ramsar wetland, means internationally valuable heritage. It is the 3rd Sri Lankan Ramsar wetland (other than the Bundala and Anavilundawa). On the basis of international determined criteria (Ramsar convention), an Asian Wetland Inventory project was carried out in 1980’s. Its objective was to identify wetlands of international importance in every country in Asia. The inventory resulted in the publication of the Directory of Asian Wetlands (Scott, 1989) presenting brief and often preliminary descriptions of the significance and status of947 Asian Wetlands. For Sri Lanka Directory indicates 41 sites. And Maduganga is one of them.

A list of76 wetlands, considered to be of national importance was prepared locally (Anon, 1989) subsequently Asian Wetland Inventory project. Maduganga is also counted as a national heritage in Sri Lanka by the Central Environmental Authority. Therefore it is controlled under rules and regulations of Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka to safeguards country’s biological diversity, genetic and ecological heritage.
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