Jagath Gunawardana is a lawyer, environmentalist and educator based in Sri Lanka. He is known for his advocacy in wildlife conservation and environmental protection. He completed a Diploma in Agriculture at the Aquinas University College with first-class honours. Later, he went on to become a lawyer by graduating from the Sri Lankan Law College. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura for his contributions towards environmental protection.
In 1986, he joined the Ceylon Bird Club and in 1987 he joined the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka.
He is an advisor to the Environmental Foundation Limited and a Senior Instructor of the Young Zoologist Association which he joined in 1978 where he volunteers to educate youth on environmental conservation.
Gunawardana also serves as a member of the National Environment Council of Central Environmental Authority (CEA).
His work involves environmental policy amendments, awareness on the legal as