Climate change is one of the pressing environmental issues globally and it is already here among us. However, there is more to climate change than rising sea levels. It affects our livelihood and destroys precious biodiversity. The below presentation was delivered by the Chairperson and Director of EFL, Dr. Eric Wikramanayake on ‘Why biodiversity makes good business sense’. The presentation was delivered to the members of the Colombo Club which included leading business professionals in the country.
EFL Chairperson Dr. Eric Wikramanayake, also a Conservation Biologist, spoke in November 2018 at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14) as part of the UN Biodiversity Conference 2018. Dr. Wikramanayake presented a project by EFL on ‘Integrated Spatial Planning and Analysis to Prioritise Biodiversity Conservation in Sri Lanka’ funded by the Japan Biodiversity Fund (JBF) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD). Access to the full project https://efl.lk/portfolio/integrated-spatial-planning-and-analysis-to-prioritize-biodiversity-conservation-in-sri-lanka/ One main objective of the conference was to create a platform
Sinharaja Forest Reserve (SFR) is Sri Lanka’s flagship for conservation of rainforests and the only National Wilderness Heritage Area that receives the highest level of legal protection under Sri Lankan conservation laws. Despite its significance, SFR is increasingly threatened by potential developments and calamities that occur naturally and are triggered by people’s conduct. Thus, with months of research, preparation and hard work, on 7 December 2018, EFL launched ‘A Review of the Southern Border of Sinharaja: Contemporary needs against conservation’. This book
On 14 November 2018, EFL launched an initiative called Green Conversations. It is an event format organised by EFL to bring together established and enthusiastic environmentalists, creating a space to connect and exchange ideas. For our very first event, we’re talking about sustainable consumption with organisations that make it happen. Read the press release by The Morning below to know more. http://www.themorning.lk/brunch-page-4-green-conversations/ Event page
EFL had a wonderful interactive awareness session with the children of Ecole Française Internationale de Colombo (French International School of Colombo) in November 2018. While focusing on deforestation as the main topic, EFL team discussed about what is meant by deforestation, why forests are important, causes of deforestation and who are affected by this problem to the children. The children were then divided into groups to draw/ map out what was discussed in order to come up with, what they felt
Colombo has been accredited a RAMSAR Wetland site during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) in Dubai on 25 october 2018. The RAMSAR convention entered into force in Sri Lanka on 15 October 1990. At present, RAMSAR has accredited six sites in Sri Lanka as wetland sites such as Vankalai Sanctuary, Wilpattu Ramsar Wetland Cluster, Annaiwilundawa Tanks Sanctuary, Madu ganga, Bundala & Kumana Wetland Cluster. Its latest addition, Colombo, comprises the following wetlands. Baddagana wetland Diyasauru wetland Heen