Ranil Senanayake, will be presenting the revolutionary modern Forest Engineering concept ‘Analog Forests’. He will be presenting at an event near Mumbai on Sunday 12th May 2013.
Ranil was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After his primary and secondary education at St. Thomas College in Sri Lanka, he went on to complete his further studies at the University of California, culminating in a Doctorate in Systems Ecology at the Davis campus. He currently conducts research into sustainable land use systems and biodiversity restoration. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he worked on the development of Land Care strategy and a Senior Lecturer at the Monash University at Melbourne where he taught Applied Forest Ecology. He is the developer of the concept of Analog Forestry that has attracted a global network of practitioners.
Ranil has a long history in the NGO movement, he has functioned as the Co-Executive Director of the Environmental Liaison Center International in Nairobi, Served on the NGO committee of the Consultative Group in International Agricultural Research and was the founder and co-chairman of the Neo-Synthesis Research Center in Sri Lanka and chairman of Rainforest Rescue in Ecuador. He currently chairs Rainforest Rescue International in Sri Lanka and serves as a Board Director at the International Analog Forestry Network.
He has been a consultant for UNEP, UNDP and the World Bank on matters of biodiversity and forest rehabilitation. And was the Scientific Director for Counterpart International for their Forest Garden Program In Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Viet Nam and the Philippines. He has an extensive knowledge of marketing of organic products having developed and served as the chairman of Sri Lanka’s largest organic product export company Lanka Organics Ltd. Ranil has also served as NASAA’s first International Crops Inspector and was responsible for the certification of much of the highland smallholder coffee in Papua New Guinea.
Ranil has served on the Biodiversity sub-committee of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and developed the certification system for ‘Green Gold’ for responsible mining operations in the Choco, Colombia. He instituted the Association for Responsible Mining in Ecuador. He developed the initial standards for the Certification of Forest Garden Products (FGPs) a system that evaluates the affectivity of applying Analog Forestry restoration projects. He also served on the review committee of Fair Flowers and Plants (FFP) a European initiative to certify the cut flowers and plants entering the trade in Europe.
He is currently working on a synthesis of herbal healing knowledge at his research station ‘Cayambe’ in Sri Lanka and lobbying to set value on photosynthetic biomass globally.