Monthly Archives: April 2018

Capacity Building and Training for Local Officials in the Identification of Tree and Timber Species and Sustainable Forest Management in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Sri Lanka

Context: Following the end of a 30- year conflict in Sri Lanka, there was a shortage of information and relevant training with regard to the identification of tree and timber species, and their protected status as stipulated by different Government authorities, by local officials in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. There is often a lack of communication and knowledge in the identification of different tree species, which provides loopholes for issuing timber permits, causing a serious conservation issue. This paves way for

Investigation of Cases on violation of environmental legislation, environmental destruction and public nuisance

Introduction Since its inception in 1981, EFL has been performing as a pro-bono consultant on environmental law and science on behalf of the public, as a means of resolving Sri Lanka’s environmental issues. Moreover, EFL has been intervening and mediating numerous environmental issues that lead to the curtailment of environmental destruction and environment related public nuisance matters. Some of these cases, especially those of national importance have been resolved with judiciary interventions where the organisation provides legal and technical input,

Justice for Nature Fund

Established as a public interest litigation firm, EFL’s primary objective is to ensure justice for nature through legal means. The organisation has been the forerunner in over 200 legal cases, filed on behalf of the general public of Sri Lanka. During its commencement, EFL was instrumental in establishing the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the mandated government institution for controlling pollution and protecting Sri Lankan environment in light of development projects among other things under the provisions of the National Environmental Act

Piloting Livelihood Development and Capacity Building of People at Delft Island

Project Idea After the conclusion of war, several comprehensive studies were carried out in the Jaffna Peninsula. Some of them are, ‘The Sustainable Development of Delft Island –IUCN (2013)’, ‘Livelihoods, basic services and social protection in Sri Lanka – CEPA (2012)’ & ‘Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka – CEA, UNDP, ENEP (2014). Presently, a joint programme is proposed to develop the Delft Island into a sustainable tourism hub, by means of improving infrastructure, transport services

Reconciliation and Communal Harmony through Environmental Sustainability, with “Sustainable Living” Skills Development Centres in Jaffna and Hambantota Districts

Proposal narrative Sri Lanka has been progressing through a period of post-war rebuilding and development for more than 6 years, bringing opportunities of reconciliation and peace building. In the wake of this trend there is a need for economic security for communities that are prevented from participating fully in economic, social, and political life of the country as a whole. The two communities targeted in this project from Jaffna and Hambantota Districts are both communities that play a significant role on the

Training of Trainers programmes on Landslide awareness

Introduction In Sri Lanka, until recently, landslides were not a frequent natural disaster; exacerbated by human involvement in the hill country, caused by deforestation, cultivation and construction. These activities, together with recent heavy and unpredictable rainfall, have increased the risk of landslides, resulting in property damage and loss of lives. Nearly 20% of 65,000Sq Km of total land area has been identified as “landslide prone”, inclusive of areas in Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Matale, Kandy, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota. The

Capacity Building Workshops on Basic Laws of Sri Lanka for Community Based Organisations in the North and East Provinces

Introduction For the past three decades, EFL has involved consecutively in community development, building projects on wildlife conservation and habitat protection. The need for this project arises with the concern that even to date, in much of the rural communities in the North and East, the locals are still unaware and uneducated about the laws and regulations protecting themselves and habitats. Whilst some of these areas maybe the poorest or the smallest, they still boast necessary resources and networks to build a healthier

Improving Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) System in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system and the Environmental Protection License (EPL) processes are the two main regulatory tools used for environmental protection and management. Whilst the EIA system focuses on ‘pre-project’ planning and approval processes, EPL is a mechanism which regulates and measures ‘post-project’ environmental protection and quality.  The legal framework for EIA system for the entire country was first enacted under the National Environmental Act (No. 56) in 1988. The procedures stipulated in the act mandate EIA,

Mediation Boards for Environmental Issues

Since ancient times, mediation has been ulitised in Sri Lanka as a method of resolving disputes before it became part of the legal system of the country under British colonialism. During the colonial period, mediation was conducted by the Gamsabhawa (village council). Later on, the concept of village level dispute resolution was reintroduced and at present mediation is practiced island wide, governed by the Mediation Boards Act 1988. In recent past, an Evaluation of the Community Mediation Board published by the

Empowering youth leaders in Ratnapura district to minimise environmental degradation in the area

Sri Lanka and Western Ghats of India have been grouped together as one of the 34 global hotspots for biodiversity based on a global measurement of concentrations of exceptional terrestrial biodiversity under threat, implying that biologically they are among the richest and most endangered on earth. Ratnapura District is one such hotspot in Sri Lanka, having Singharaja forest which is also recognised as a World Heritage rain forest and a ‘Peak Wilderness’ area among other protected areas. However, deforestation for