Monthly Archives: October 2017

Saltwater Crocodile Preys on Porcupine – First Recorded Sighting

Saltwater Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) are the most widely distributed species of crocodile in the world. In Sri Lanka, they are found in tidal rivers and marshlands in the coastal wet zone and some areas of the dry zone, and sightings in the Nilwala River have become increasingly common. These reptiles have a broad and varied diet, with juveniles preying on insects, crustaceans, and small fish, while adults prey on larger animals such as monkeys, wild boar and buffalos. On the 21st

Deforestation in Mannar and Failed Responsibilities

Whether you live on the border of a forest or in central Colombo, the destruction of our natural resources affects us all.  It is the responsibility of Sri Lanka’s citizens to protect and ensure that our country’s forests and wildlife are managed wisely; it is our responsibility to hold those who have committed to the care and conservation of our natural resources accountable. Deforestation is presently taking place on the legally declared Forest Reserves of Maraichukkaddi-Karadikkuli (Kallaru Forest), Vilaththikulam and Veppal,

Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management Project – EIA Report Comments

The Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management Project plans to solve the capital city’s escalating waste mismanagement problem, which culminated in the disaster at Meethotamulla. The project involves the collection and compression of solid waste from the municipal and urban councils of Colombo at a transfer station in Kelaniya. The waste will then be transported by train to Aruwakkalu, Puttalam where it will be deposited at a sanitary land fill, which will be in keeping with international standards. While this project represents

EFL comments on unsustainable development in Mannar

EFL recently commented on the allocation of land for resettlement and development in the Mannar District based on the Report of the Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment (ISEA) of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka published in the year 2014 by the Central Environmental Authority and the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka. The comments focused on the fact that the report only includes protected areas declared up to 2010, and has failed to make allowances and recommendations for gazetted protected areas