About Us

Cap-Net Lanka - A Network of Water Professionals in Sri Lanka

Cap-Net Lanka is the country network of Cap-Net UNDP (cap-net.org), a global network for capacity development in sustainable water management. Cap-Net Lanka was launched in 2003 and hosted at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. As an outreach arm of the PGIA, it is involved in disseminating water knowledge for all, from school children to policymakers.

Cap-Net Lanka is governed by a Core-group (CG) of Members headed by a Country Coordinator. Members of the CG come from different government and private sector institutions involved in capacity development in water resource management. Most of its financial support comes from Cap-Net UNDP, and the PGIA administers the funds. Further, the strength of Cap-Net Lanka lie in its members and institutional partners who support its activities financially and in kind.

Cap-Net Lanka embraces the policy of non-discrimination and benefits about 200 people annually.

Mission & Vision


to guide the water sector and society at large for performing informed water action


to be a leading capacity building network in the water sector, with extensive outreach through individual members and institutional partners, striving to build national capacity to identify and deal with water, climate and ecosystems related challenges make informed decisions and carry out sustainable activities

Country Coordinator's Message

Dr. Sewwandhi Chandrasekara

Hello everyone,

It is with great pride and excitement that I address you as the Country Coordinator for Cap-Net Lanka. As the first and youngest woman to be nominated for this position after two decades, I am both humbled by the trust placed in me and invigorated by the opportunity to amplify the voices of women in the water sector. I am committed to leading our organization towards success in empowering water professionals and promoting sustainable water resources management in Sri Lanka.

As a young professional, I bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a passion for change to the table. I believe that investing in the capacity building of our water workforce, especially in women in water, is crucial for overcoming the complex challenges we face in the water sector. With my team, we strive to create an inclusive and collaborative environment that nurtures talent, inspires innovation, and fosters lifelong learning.

Cap-Net Lanka aims to be a catalyst for positive change, and I am confident that together, we can make a significant impact in the field of water resources management. By promoting knowledge sharing, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, and fostering partnerships, we will build the skills and knowledge necessary to tackle water-related issues effectively.

I am immensely grateful for the support and trust bestowed upon me. I wholeheartedly thank the Cap-Net network, our partner organizations, stakeholders, and the dedicated team who work tirelessly to make our initiatives a success. It is through our collective efforts that we will create a sustainable water future for Sri Lanka.

I invite you all to explore our website, engage with our programs, and join us in this journey towards sustainable water resources management in Sri Lanka. Together, let’s make a difference and leave a lasting impact.

Warm regards,

Sewwandhi Chandrasekara
Cap-Net Lanka Country Coordinator

Our Team