Nations Trust WNPS Public Lecture to Discuss ‘Managing Human-Wildlife Conflict Involving Iconic Species’

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Nations Trust Bank, in partnership with the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), Sri Lanka will host a webinar on ‘Managing Human-Wildlife Conflict Involving Iconic Species’ as part of the monthly ‘Nations Trust WNPS Public Lecture’ series. The July lecture featuring Australian Ecologist Dr. Desley Whisson will be held on the 15th of July at 6 p.m. via Zoom and FB Live. 

Dr. Whisson is a terrestrial wildlife ecologist and Senior Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Deakin University, Australia. She conducts applied research on iconic wildlife species, working very closely with Koalas, to develop effective management strategies and resolve human-wildlife conflicts. During this lecture, Dr. Whisson will use the Koala as a case study to discuss the challenges of managing iconic species as well as the pros and cons of translocation and fertility control, and the need for proactive and scientifically-based management strategies.

Commenting on the Bank’s passion for nature Theja Silva, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nations Trust Bank said, “Promoting conservation has always been one of the core pillars of the Bank’s sustainability strategy. Our longstanding partnership with WNPS has helped address many environmental issues by promoting quality research and knowledge dissemination through the WNPS publications as well as the monthly lecture series. The Nations Trust WNPS Public Lecture series has managed to bring in environmental experts from around the world and are becoming more and more popular. The demand for these lectures, especially among the younger generation, is a testament to the success of the efforts made by Nations Trust Bank to encourage the next generation in Sri Lanka to work towards conservation.”

Those interested in attending the July lecture with Dr. Desley Whisson can register online at and join the Zoom or FB live discussion at 6 p.m. on the 15th of July. Please visit for more details.

Dr. Whisson has published over 80 scientific papers, a book and several book chapters, on research conducted in Mexico, North America and Australia. She also serves on several expert panels advising the Australian government on Koala management.

Nations Trust Bank PLC is among the top 15 business establishments in Sri Lanka as ranked by Business Today. Stemming from its vision of “helping people and businesses by providing financial services and information to achieve their goals and aspirations in a sustainable way”, the Bank serves a diverse range of customers across both individual and corporate, with an enviable portfolio of banking and financial products and services. Strongly focused on digital empowerment through cutting-edge digital banking technologies, the Bank is a pioneer in many innovative customer centric banking solutions such as extended banking hours, and FriMi – Sri Lanka’s first digital banking experience. Delivering premium value, service and connecting its Card Members to rewarding experiences and opportunities Nations Trust Bank PLC is an issuer and sole acquirer of American Express Cards in Sri Lanka. The Bank operates 96 branches across the country and has an ATM network covering 127 locations and 48 Cash Deposit & Withdrawal Machines, plus more than 3,700 ATMs on the Lanka Pay Network.

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