SLYCAN Trust works to contribute to collective local and global efforts to address impacts of climate change, animal welfare, as well as social and economic issues hindering social justice. We aspire to achieve our objectives through policy advocacy, action campaigns, ground level action, outreach and networking with like-minded organisations, awareness creation and capacity building. SLYCAN seeks to see a world where the voices of the vulnerable and the marginalized are taken into consideration in decision making and multi-stakeholder driven policy making and implementation, where grass root actors have an active role in leading change for a healthier climate and a more sustainable future.
Since 2016 SLYCAN is a registered legal entity in the form of a Trust, and work under the title of SLYCAN Trust, expanding the issues of focus, and widening the scope of focus from youth centric to a multi-stakeholder driven, and social justice driven process. SLYCAN Trust envisions wider engagement and a wider range of activities on the themes of sustainable development, climate change, gender and animal welfare, and social justice to ensure that we strive for a better future for all.
Vositha is an attorney-at-law specialising in public international law, with a focus on international environmental law, UN human rights law, refugee law and EU law. She has over a decade of experience in working on climate change, at national and international level.
He has been Conservator of Forests and Head of the Forest Department Research and Education Division from 2003 to 2014, Deputy Conservator of Forests from 1993 to 2003, and Assistant Conservator of Forests from 1982 to 1993. Furthermore, he has been Chair of the Asia Pacific Forestry Commission, National Programme Director for Sri Lanka's UN-REDD Programme, and member of several advisory committees and expert panels.
Heminda is a serial innovator who works in developing capacity of our team, and leads SLYCAN Trust’s capacity building activities related to youth. He also leads the project of SLYCAN Trust in supporting green start ups, which focuses on supporting youth and other stakeholders in developing a green enterprise, or a social enterprise focusing on addressing global challenges.
Dennis Mombauer currently lives in Colombo as a freelance writer and researcher on climate change and education. He focuses on ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable urban development as well as on autism spectrum disorder in the field of education. Besides articles and research, he has published numerous works of fiction in German and English.
Ramesh works as a senior consultant on communications and media. He has over 15 years of experience in print media. He was former editor of Rivira newspaper, and has worked in the capacity of news editor, and a senior journalist in his years in the field of journalism.
Thiruni Marambe is an Attorney- at-Law specialising in civil law. She has worked as a legal research officer at Colombo Port City Project.
Malintha Halkewela is an attorney-at-law, and a researcher focusing on issues related to climate change, sustainable development, environmental protection and biodiversity. He has an LL.B from University of London, and a BSc from University of Ruhuna, and a post graduate diploma in shipping law and Practice. His present research work includes legal and policy gap analysis related to the implementation of nationally determined contributions on climate change for Sri Lanka.
Sajani Ranasinghe has an LLB from the University of London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Colombo. She is also a President's Guide, and has also received many environmental awards including President Environment Pioneer Medals (Swarna, Rajatha and Haritha) for her actions on environment protection.
Dinethra is a third-year undergraduate studying for his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Warwick, and an online tutor MyTutor. He has debated at Model United Nations Conferences, participated in the Warwick Death Penalty Project, worked as an intern at John Wilson Partners