The Research Unit aims at creating a network of scholars who will be ready to help the Centre respond to specific problems faced by those involved in ecological projects. Very often those problems are so important that the future of an entire project can be jeopardized. Without an effective Research Unit, the Centre cannot build trust with its partners. The Centre will seek the support of assistants to summarize the results of the research, translate them into Tamil and Sinhala and turn them into practical solutions. The Centre will also build a library geared to responding to specific problems. A part of that library will exist only as electronic records.