Conserve Indigenous Knowledge
Sri Lanka

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Welcome to CIK Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan “Conserve Indigenous Knowledge” (CIK-Sri Lanka) is a non-governmental non-profit development organization. A group of development practitioners, researchers and social workers established CIK-Sri Lanka in 1995 and working in the fields of protecting and conserving the centuries old indigenous knowledge relating to the environment, biodiversity conservation, health, traditional life styles and agricultural development. Throughout these years, CIK has been promoting and presenting the significance of local and indigenous knowledge in development initiatives as well as in the empowerment process of local and indigenous communities through sustainable application of indigenous and local knowledge. The CIK was registered as a Non-Governmental organization at the National Secretariat for the Non-Governmental Organization in Sri Lanka.


The aim of CIK is to exploring alternative development approaches which facilitate and revitalization of Indigenous Initiatives through sustainable practice with indigenous people and rural communities to continuity of their livelihoods while maintaining cultural and biological diversity through applying indigenous knowledge. CIK also worked to promote local and regional inter-sectorial and intercultural dialogue among rural communities, NGOs’, Academic and Governmental Agencies. In achieving this task CIK has designed a methodological approach that consists of conducting interdisciplinary research, facilitation utilization of indigenous knowledge for Participatory Development, Consultation for Cultural identity, Monitoring for Social-cultural changes and its process, Networking for information sharing and capacity building for indigenous initiatives, watershed Governance and livelihood development.

Our Focal Areas

Indigenous Health Practices

indigenous health practices

Traditional medical practices have safeguarded the health of indigenous communities for generations. There is a consensus on the gradual extinction of indigenous knowledge including Traditional medical knowledge... READ MORE »

Traditional Farming

traditional farming srilanka

Some historians tend to believe that the population of Sri Lanka, during certain periods in her history, had exceeded the present figure of 20.48 million where the country produced all its food requirements... READ MORE »

Rituals And Customs

Rituals customs srilanka

Traditional Rituals and Customs play a specific role in Sri Lankan society. Over the rich and long history of Sri Lanka these centuries old indigenous practices being handed over from generation to generation... READ MORE »

Ola Leaf

Ola Leaf writing

Palm leaf manuscripts commonly known as Ola Leaf writing prepared using traditional technological process incorporated with cultural practices. Large amount of information related to traditional medicine, cultural practices, astrology, agriculture, ancient technology can be found by studding these Palm leaf manuscripts still available in Sri Lanka. READ MORE »

Shanthi Karma

Shanthi Karma rituals

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Forest Heritage

Forest Heritage Srilanka

The 60 ha thick forest belongs to the CIK - 'Conserve Indigenous Knowledge' with high biodiversity presently developing as a National level Resources Center to protect, conserve, demonstrate and to conduct research on Indigenous Knowledge in Sri Lanka is commonly known as Forest Heritage situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. READ MORE »