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Sri Lanka Combat Wildlife Trafficking Awareness, Capacity and Empowerment (ACE) Program  1st June 2022- 31st August 2023    Scope of work:    Objective 1: Digitize data on wildlife crimes for a national CWT Database  Electronic system developed to digitize paper files into a database for enforcement officers to easily access, trace and analyze incidents  Protocol for hard copy file upload  Internal database management protocol  Existing database at the Department of

Will the Kelani River Pollution Ever End?

By: Sachini Perera  Asian countries are famous for its rituals done in rivers that connect with cultural aspects. Water is considered to be the most vital source for life. Many species including humans are depend on freshwater while marine species are depend on sea water for their survival. However, humanity’ ongoing anthropogenic activities have put rivers in jeopardy while delivering maximum advantages. When talking about river pollution, Kelani River receive great attention as it is known to be the most

A victory for the Environment!

SC/FR/29/2020    On 31.12.2019, Circular No. 173/12/2019 was issued by the Director-General of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) to amend the mining permit/license issuing procedure on the ground that there is a delay in the process. Circular No. 173/12/2019 repealed Circular No.118/05/2015 that provided environmental safeguards for mining activities. Under the 2015 Circular, applicants needed to obtain ‘Environmental Clearances/Recommendations’ from the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) before getting the mining permit/license for sand, gravel, clay, and soil.

40th Anniversary Celebrations Art Competition Winner

Photography   Link to photos –   Open category   1st place  – PC29A – Dhananjaya Dassanayake 2nd place –  PC14B – Tilan Weerasinghe 3rd place –  PC30B – Yohan Fernando   Honourable mentions   Sithika Kariawasam   Aaron Johnpillai   Art   Link to art –   Under 12   1st place – AA29B – Ravindi Jayathilaka 2nd place- AA14A – Thanumi de Silva

EFL 40th Anniversary: Celebrating milestones and looking to the future together

The Need for Sri Lanka’s EIAs and Other Development Processes to be Inclusive of Youth – An Opinion

By: Piyumi Wattuhewa The participation of the Youth should be taken into consideration at all stages of the EIA process. Image Credits: The theme of this year’s International Youth Day which was held on 12th of August, 2021 was ‘Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health’. The contributions of young people as innovators and the eventual inheritors of a country’s environmental protection has thus been recognized globally and has been given centre-stage in conversations relating

තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම (RTI) සහ පාරිසරික බලපෑම් තක්සේරු කිරීමේ (EIA) වාර්තාව

කර්තෘ: කුමුදිකා පෙරේරා උධෘතය: තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම හරහා රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනයේ විනිවිදභාවය, සහ වගකිවයුතුභාවය  ළඟා කරගත හැකිය. මුල් අයිතිය: Daily Mirror මහජන අදහස් විමසීම සහ මහජන සහභාගීත්වය, පාරිසරික බලපෑම් තක්සේරු කිරීමේ (EIA) වාර්තා ක්‍රියා පටිපාටියේ වැදගත් අංගයක් උසුලන බව මින් පෙර සාකච්ඡා කරන ලදී.  එමෙන්ම මහජනතාවට පරිශීලනය කළ හැකි තොරතුරු ද මහජන සහභාගීත්වය ඔප්නැංවීමට අවස්ථාව සලසයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ දහනවවන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය, 14A ව්‍යවස්ථාව මගින් තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම

The Right to Information (RTI) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report

By:  Kumudika Perera RTI can be a tool for greater transparency and accountability in the EIA process to facilitate public participation effectively. Image Credits- Daily Mirror - Header In EFL’s previous blogs, we have discussed how and why public participation is vital in the process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Information fed to the public domain is thus important as information increases the effectiveness of public participation and is viewed as a prerequisite for a successful democracy. In