Justice for Nature

Since 1981

Who we are and
What we do

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.

Important Milestones:


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.


  1. EFL received first grant from the Environment Liaison Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Established the Environmental Mediation Centre, with support from The Asia Foundation.


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.

Following its first legal case in the Supreme Court, EFL handled over 200 cases, achieving significant victories in the Eppawala Phosphate Case, the Kandalama Hotel Case and the Galle Face Green Case. Two critical cases handled by EFL include the Air Pollution Case, where EFL convinced the government to make vehicle emissions testing mandatory as well as the Case on the Protection of Wetland Ecosystems, which resulted in a halt in the filling of the Muthurajawala Wetland, and initiated the establishment of the National Wetlands Policy. EFL was also an intervenient party in two noteworthy Supreme Court cases; Maha Oya Sand Mining Case and the Noise Pollution Case, which have both concluded successfully.

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 been responsible for key breakthroughs in the protection of Sri Lanka’s natural environments, influencing policy and legislature and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship among the citizens of Sri Lanka.  

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.

Eric Wikramanayake, Ph.D

Board of Directors

  • Eric Wikramanayake, Ph.D
    Eric Wikramanayake, Ph.D Chairperson
  • Rukshan Jayewardene
    Rukshan Jayewardene Director
  • Manori Gunawardena
    Manori Gunawardena Director
  • Nigel Bartholomeusz
    Nigel Bartholomeusz Director
  • Vajira Wijegunawardane
    Vajira Wijegunawardane Director
  • Deshini Abeywardena
    Deshini Abeywardena Director
  • Dr. Sewandi Jayakody
    Dr. Sewandi Jayakody Director
  • Savithri Rodrigo
    Savithri Rodrigo Director


  • Tharanga Gunawardena
    Tharanga Gunawardena Communications Officer
  • Thushara Gamage
    Thushara Gamage HR & Administrations Officer
  • Gayashan Arachchige
    Gayashan Arachchige Projects & Science Officer
  • Alifiya Mutaher
    Alifiya Mutaher Environmental Engineer
  • Rangani Cooray
    Rangani Cooray Projects Assistant
  • Shala Amarasuriya
    Shala Amarasuriya Environmental Officer
  • Anushka Gunawardena
    Anushka Gunawardena Manager - Legal
  • Zaineb Akbarally
    Zaineb Akbarally Projects & Science Officer
  • Kumudu Dissanayake
    Kumudu Dissanayake Accounts Officer
  • Chamila Weerathunghe
    Chamila Weerathunghe Chief Operations Officer
  • Hafsa Hudha
    Hafsa Hudha Legal Assistant
  • Piyumi Kalyanawansa
    Piyumi Kalyanawansa Head of Operations


Current organisational affiliations

EFL has a long history of working with national and international organisations to protect Sri Lanka’s natural environments

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