Overview; Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF)
Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF) is the pioneer National Ecotourism Organization in Sri Lanka that was established 16 years ago, dedicated to promote Ecotourism in Sri Lanka. The main Focus of Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation is the socioeconomic and socio-cultural development of Sri Lanka, through Sustainable and Ecotourism. From its inception, SLEF has worked hard to introduce and implement poverty alleviation programs through ecotourism. To realize this objective, SLEF provides support services and motivates local communities to participate in Community Based Ecotourism Programmes and environmental conservation projects. One of the main Objectives of SLEF is to reduce poverty in the tourism generating areas of Sri Lanka and thereby contributing to economic growth of the community, increase income generating activities through tourism, and promote the conservation of the natural, cultural heritage sites through genuine ecotourism practices. The specific Objective of SLEF is to promote sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka and position the Island as one of the best ecotourism destinations in the Asia-Pacific Region through infrastructure improvements; community and public-private sector participation in tourism, and promote regional cooperation.