EFL Head of Legal, Anushka Gunawardena, presented at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) on the 1st of March 2019 at the University of Oregon, USA. On the panel, Anushka spoke on ‘Recent Developments in Human Rights and the Environment.’ During her presentation, she focused on the South Asian judicial interpretation to environmental cases while discussing the Galle Face Green case from Sri Lanka and the Niyamgiri hills case from India. PIELC is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide and is considered
Green Conversations is a fast-track event format organised by EFL, creating an interactive platform to connect and exchange ideas between established environmentalists, organisations and the general public. The second event of the series was held in February 2019 to address deforestation. The event was sponsored by Nations Trust Bank. See the press review below by Daily Mirror to know more about what was discussed at the event. http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Deforestat-164082.html?fbclid=IwAR2l8hEABKJ11s1e9duBVPyRMDRxvquFukyQpmUon4yr49vq5JAujhG5yUw
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.
In mid 2018, EFL conducted a crowdfunding campaign to gather donations to support our court cases filed to protect Sri Lanka’s largest national park, Wilpattu. Followed by the generous donations received, EFL is currently in the process of preparing a video to shed light on the threats faced by Wipattu National Park and allocating funds to support the ongoing court cases. Visit campaign page https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-save-sri-lanka-s-largest-national-park#/ The WNP is the oldest and largest National Park on the island. It was declared as a
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