Renowned Sri Lankan environmentalist and Attorney-at-law Jagath Gunawardana has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
As a veteran attorney-at-law on domestic environmental law and environmental educator, he has contributed immensely to the conservation of the flora and fauna in Sri Lanka by providing legal expertise and facilitating national conservation efforts. He is an expert on environmental laws and regulations, natural resource management, international conventions related to biodiversity
As a passionate ornithologist he is invested in bird-watching and observation sketching. He is also enthusiastic about flora, fauna and animals and has conducted many studies and researches on these subjects.
Based on the approval of the University Senate and the Council, this was awarded on Friday (20) at the Vice Chancellor’s Office in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura by Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage, Vice Chancellor of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Vice Chancellor, Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage stated that even though the 46th convocation ceremony was not held as planned due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, the council of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has decided that the effective date of Dr. Gunawardana’s honorary doctorate will be 2nd November 2020.
Upon receiving the honorary doctorate Dr. Jagath Gunawardana expressed his sincere gratitude to those who helped him in numerous ways and he further stated that he will contribute his best to the environmental conservation efforts in Sri Lanka.