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Bottom Trawling in Sri Lanka and its impacts By Vinhara Randeny

Bottom trawling is an industrial fishing method where a large net with heavy weights is dragged across the seafloor, scooping up everything in its path, from the targeted fish to incidentally caught, centuries-old corals. Due to the use of trawl nets, there is a lack of selectivity in the catch. These trawling nets collect and kill large amounts of non-target species including commercially invaluable species, juvenile fish and endangered species. The by-catch (untargeted species) are then discarded due to the little

Job Opening: Communications and Outreach Officer

We are looking for a dedicated Communications and Outreach Officer to join our team. The Communications and Outreach Officer will be responsible for internal and external communications, public relations activities, and management of social media. He/ She will also be expected to plan , develop and implement EFL’s communication strategy. For more information, please refer to Communications & Outreach Officer ToR. If you are interested in applying for this position, please email us your CV to mail@efl.lk or projects@efl.lk. Or for

EFL Collaborating With Rotaract Youth For Climate Action

Rotaract is an international youth movement that focuses on the development of the communities through youth volunteer engagement. The Rotaract Clubs of Colombo, Colombo Uptown, Colombo West and the Interact Club of St Peter’s College organized “Echo for eco” a community service project on the issue of climate change, delivering their honest responsibility towards nature as youth. Dr. Chaturangi Wickramaratne head of science of EFL started was the first to speak in the evening and she brought about insights as to

Green conversations is a reputed talk series conducted by EFL, this is conducted in a flashing format where the speakers take turns in talking on a particular topic for very brief durations and opening up the floor for discussion. The fourth conversation in the consecutive series which was centered around energy, was held at Hatch on the 18th September 2019. Sustainable energy is almost synonymous with sustainable development. So a dialogue on the energy usage is a need of the millenium. Green

EFL conducts a workshop on plastic pollution at Moody’s

The EFL team conducted a workshop on plastic pollution at the Moody’s on 16th October 2019. The workshop started with an overview of plastic and the growing spread of plastic. Zaineb Akbarally, continued to talk on the ecological aspects of plastic, how it can be devastating to the natural ecosystems and the repercussions our future generations will suffer as a result. Very sentimental suggestions were made on sustainable consumption which will help to lessen the amount of manmade plastic waste

Workshop on air pollution on World Environment Day 2019

The UN World Environment Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of June. In its honour and following this year’s theme, EFL conducted a workshop on air pollution to Transworld Group- Sri Lanka. The workshop addressed what causes air pollution globally and in Sri Lanka, its legal framework in the country and what measures can be taken to mitigate air pollution. Wonder why they wore masks? We wanted participants to understand the true nature of not being able to breathe

Design thinking and rapid prototyping workshop with Thuru

In June 2019, EFL hosted a design thinking and rapid prototyping workshop together with its collaborator, Thuru, to find solutions for deforestation in Sri Lanka via technology. Thuru is a volunteer organisation who introduces new technologies to accelerate reforestation with a mission to plant 2 million trees by the end of 2020 in Sri Lanka. While EFL provided an academic context to the workshop delivering presentations on the scientific context and facts about Sri Lanka’s natural forests, educating participants about the

The Upside of Upcycling

Ever since its inception, plastic taken the world by storm; insofar that it is estimated that there will be more plastic waste in the sea than fish by 2050. Production of plastics has increased twenty-fold since 1964, reaching 311m tons in 2014, as per the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report launched at the World Economic Forum. According to the Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean annually, on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that already