Comments/Reports

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

Exclude Coal and Strengthen EIA Reports – EFL Comments on Long Term Energy Plan

Yesterday EFL presented comments and recommendations on the Long Term Generation Expansion Plan for 2018 – 2037 (LTGEP) at the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka’s (PUCSL) public consultation event at the BMICH. EFL Chairman, Dr. Eric Wikramanayake noted that the inclusion of coal power in this plan, amongst other fossil fuel sources, meant that it was not aligned with other government targets of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2030. Coal power plants cause notable environmental impacts, from air pollution due

Strengthening the Approval Process for Mini Hydro Power Plants – Phase by Phase Recommendations

The proliferation of lucrative yet often ill-planned and destructive mini hydro power plants in the wet zone region has been a serious environmental and social concern, as these projects can destroy endemically rich and biodiverse habitats in fragmented forest patches, while causing problems with the water supply for neighbouring settlements. EFL investigated many cases of destructive mini hydropower plants, including a project on the Koskulana River, bordering Sinharaja Forest Reserve which eventually led to litigation against the project developers. In

The Truth About Climate Change – Lecture by Professor Robert Watson

Professor Sir Robert Watson delivered a lecture on The Truth About Climate Change, on 23rd February 2017 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institution at an event organized by Environmental Foundation Limited and Strategic Enterprise Management Association . Professor Watson was Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2002 and Board co-chair for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment from 2000 to 2005. He is currently the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Focusing on anthropogenic climate change

Basic Guidelines To Prevent Pollution Of The Kelani River Through Domestic Sources

As part of Phase II of the Kelani River Water Quality Restorations Programme that EFL is working on in partnership with The Asia Foundation (TAF), EFL has developed a booklet highlighting a series of guidelines for the maintenance of water quality along the Kelani River. This booklet is being distributed among CBO’s, community leaders, and other relevant stakeholders with the aim of getting the information across to the riverine communities. [mk_button dimension=”three” size=”medium” outline_skin=”dark” bg_color=”#00c8d7″ text_color=”light” icon=”” url=”http://efl.lk/v2/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Basic-Guidelines-to-Prevent-Pollution-of-the-Kelani-River-through-Domestic-Sources-Final.pdf” target=”_self” align=”left” id=”Buton

Maha Oya Under Threat!

Maha Oya is one of the largest rivers in Sri Lanka, which flows 128 km across four provinces and five districts. It starts from Nawalapitiya, from the area of Aranayake and falls in to the Indian Ocean from Kochchikade, North of Negombo. More than 1.1 million of population lives by the river, harnessing myriad of benefits from the river for their subsistence and livelihood activities. The Maha Oya provides water for domestic and industrial needs of different communities living

Sampur Power Plant: Sri Lanka’s Misguided Return to Coal

As the global community begins to recognize the severity of the challenge posed by climate change, the shift to low carbon economies is seen as a step that can no longer be delayed. Countries are investing in renewable energy and looking to wind, solar and  to lower carbon emissions, while reducing investment in fossil fuels. Coal is a fuel that is not is not only responsible for a majority of climate change causing emissions but also leads to smog, acid

EFL’s Port City EIA Comments

EFL has compiled a report detailing its comments on the Supplementary Impact Assessment for the proposed Port City Project. The report notes many flaws and deficiencies in the SEIA such as the absence of strategies for mitigating climate change impacts, lack of consideration of the loss of the historically significant Galle Face premise and insufficient consultation with environmental authorities and agencies for a project of such a massive scale. [mk_button dimension=”three” size=”medium” outline_skin=”dark” bg_color=”#00c8d7″ text_color=”light” icon=”” url=”http://efl.lk/v2/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/EFL-Port-City-SEIA-Comments.pdf” target=”_self” align=”left” id=”Buton ID”

Report on the Site Visit to Koskulana Mini Hydro Power Project

EFL conducted a site visit to Koskulana on the 14th of December 2015 to investigate the environmental impacts posed by a mini hydro power plant constructed on the banks of the Koskulana River, located in the buffer zone of the Sinharaja Forest. In addition to the extensive environmental damage caused by the construction of the weir and powerhouse, EFL was able to confirm discrepancies between the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and the implementation of the project. Download the full report here.