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Endangered Cats Endangered Lands: Workshops on Urban Wetland Conservation For Schoolchildren

EFL launched a series of workshops on urban wetlands for schoolchildren in the Colombo District on the 9th of February. The event was held in partnership with the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) at the Biodiversity Study Park in Thalawathugoda. Over a hundred students from ages 14-17 representing 8 national and provincial schools in the proximity of urban wetlands were present at the launch. The workshops enabled students to get a firsthand experience of urban wetlands in the

EFL Joins Convening Committee of Sri Lanka Climate and Forest Action Network

As the UN REDD readiness programme reaches its conclusion, the Civil Society Organization Platform established in 2014 and played an active role in critically engaging forums and outcome documents, was registered under the Companies Act as Sri Lanka Climate and Forest Action Network (SLCFAN). Environmental Foundation Limited is honoured to come on board as a member of the convening committee of SLCFAN, having been a member of the CSO Platform since its inception. The objectives of the SLCFAN include mobilizing CSOs,

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=”” target=”_self” align=”left” id=”Buton ID”

Karadiyana Garbage Dump

EFL was informed that an area of 25 acres in the wetlands of Boralesgamuwa – Borupana was being used as an open pit for the karadiyana garbage dump. The land used as a garbage dump is adjacent to the Weras Ganga, which flows into Bolgoda Lake. The site currently utilized by the Moratuwa Municipal Council, Mount Lavinia – Dehiwala Municipal Council, Sri Jayawardanepura Kotte Municipal Council, Maharagama Urban Council, Panadura Urban Council, Kesbewa Urban Council and Boralegamuwa Urban Council. It is managed by the Western

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.

Balancing the Scales: Mini Hydro Development and the Environment

Environmental concerns have come to the forefront of global issues in recent years and the world has begun to move towards more sustainable methods of meeting the energy requirements of the growing population. As an island nation rich in natural resources Sri Lanka has the potential to engage in the generation of power through solar, wind and hydro energy. With the encouragement of the relevant government authorities’ Sri Lanka has seen a rise in the contribution of sustainable energy

Water Policy Dialogue Recommendations

EFL has detailed the recommendations that resulted from the Water Policy Dialogue held on the 3rd of December to develop a long term solution to industrial water pollution. Informed by a diverse range of stakeholders, the recommendations advise actions that can be taken by the Central Environmental Authority to check industrial water pollution, under themes such as industrial siting, effective compliance monitoring, hazardous waste management and industrial accountability. We invite you, the public, to comment on the proposed recommendations by EFL,

Policy Dialogue on Industrial Reponsibilities Towards the Environment

The aim of this Policy Dialogue was to bring all the relevant stakeholders to a common platform to establish responsibilities and collectively develop a long term, proactive solution to prevent future industrial disasters. EFL believes that the existing Policy and Legislation for curtailing industrial pollution is firm, however we believe there is a need for effective enforcement of laws and a highly stringent monitoring mechanism to verify that all standards are met. This forum was created to identify the problems and barriers faced

Eli Hatha Site Visit

EFL conducted a site visit to Eli Hatha on the 3rd of November 2015, approximately one year after the previous site visit. Although the documents pertaining to the approval of the hydro-power plant stated 3MW capacity, it is clear upon inspection that two turbines are currently installed and operating on full capacity. The information on the ground revealed that due to the heavy rains, the power generation increases to an extent that the power plant shut down during this time.

The symposium on the wild cats of South Asia: Past and present

The Symposium was held between 1-3 November, at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka. The event was organized by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka. The main objective of this symposium was to highlight ongoing research on South Asia’s wild cats, while updating stakeholders and other interested parties about the current status of the relevant species. An important off-shoot of this symposium is to identify knowledge gaps that require attention and can be targeted for further/future study and increase collaboration between local and international