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Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation and Sri Lanka Eco Tours

Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLET) is a registered travel agency that offers various tours including nature, adventure, culture and ecotourism. This travel service promotes home stays and community-owned eco-lodges in rural Sri Lanka. We focus on ensuring economic benefits and improving the living standards of local communities, many of which had been hit hard by the 2004 tsunami.

VISION
“To make Sri Lanka one of the most sought after ecotourism destination in the world and to built a professional ecotourism network, which serves as a model for ecotourism in the Asia and pacific Regions”

MISSION
“Ecotourism in Sri Lanka to be used as a tool to conserve the environment, to assure maximum economic benefits to the host community, preserve age-old cultural heritage, provide in-depth information about Sri Lanka and to satisfy the needs of both national and international Ecotourists visiting genuine eco-sites in the island”

GOALS
“Focus of Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation is the social and ‘economic development of rural communities in Sri Lanka, through Community Based Ecotourism Enterprises (CBEs). From its inception, SLEF has worked hard to introduce and implement poverty alleviation programs through ecotourism. To realise this objective, SLEF provides support services and motivates local communities to participate in Community Based Ecotourism and environmental conservation projects. The Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF) focuses on reducing poverty in the tourism generating areas of Sri Lanka, contribute to economic growth, increase employment, and promote the conservation of the natural, cultural heritage sites. The specific objective of SLEF is to promote sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka and position the same as one of the best ecotourism destination in the South Asia through infrastructure improvements, community and private sector participation, and regional cooperation. The SLEF is trying hard to improve infrastructure to promote ecotourism, promote pro-poor, community-based sustainable tourism in rural areas, and strengthen regional cooperation. SLEF believes ecotourism could mitigate environmental degradation, develop human resources, and promote cooperation between private and public sectors in Sri Lanka”

FOCUS
“The long-term goals of Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF) are
• To place Sri Lanka as an outstanding destination on the world ecotourism map
• To trigger the transition of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry from the traditional “sun, sea and sand” based mass tourism to nature-based tourism, with an emphasis on ecotourism
• To play a pivotal role in facilitating ecological preservation and community benefits, by educating communities, tour operators and ecotourists to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.”

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Kahapola, Madapatha Sri Lanka

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