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.