Justice for Nature
Prior to the 1980’s, there was a long felt need for an organisation solely dedicated towards safeguarding Sri Lanka’s environment. The idea was stumbled upon by a group of friends – four law students, a budding zoologist, anthropologist, accountant, mathematician and an actress – who would regularly band together to protest against the misuse and abuse of the country’s natural resources, and spearheaded campaigns to protect the environment through litigation. Thus, in 1981 the Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL) was born, and later incorporated under the Companies Act with a share capital, in order to have legal standing before the Courts of Law in Sri Lanka.
EFL was established as a “non- profit company limited by liability”, under the Companies Act.
EFL filed its first legal case in the Supreme Court, against the Director General of Wildlife, during the Gal Oya National Park Encroachment Case.
EFL becomes a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
EFL was registered as a Non- Governmental Organization, under the Department of Social Services.
Currently, EFL is handling 3 major cases; the construction of roads within Wipattu National Park, the protection of watershed forests to mitigate threats by climate change and the impending water crisis in the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve and the Udawalawe Case. EFL is also in the process of lobbying for the initiation of stricter industrial pollution controls, and water quality monitoring along important rivers.
As an organization that started out small, inclusive of seven years of volunteer work, during which EFL operated from the garage of one of its motivated and dedicated founding members – EFL has now become an organisation that has protected and conserved Sri Lanka’s environment through legal and scientific means, as well as managed to influence policy making and foster good governance in the country. EFL reiterates the need to protect and conserve the environment, calling on the people of Sri Lanka to rise up and become catalysts for change, to protect and preserve our environment for future generations.
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A Future in Sustainable Development
Sri Lanka is now on a path of ambitious development goals. Therefore we must also keep in mind that economic development is supported and sustained by natural ecosystems and the goods and services from them. Our ecosystems also harbor unique and irreplaceable biodiversity that have evolved over millennia, and this is part of our heritage. EFL’s role is to ensure that this biological heritage is also conserved as part of the national economic development plans.
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Current organisational affiliations
EFL has a long history of working with national and international organisations for the protection of Sri Lanka’s biological history