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EFL Chairperson addresses CoP14 at the UN Biodiversity Conference 2018

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 One main objective of the conference was to create a platform

EFL Book Launch- press releases

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

Green Conversations- A fast moving event format for environmentalists- Event coverage

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. Event page

Awareness session with the French International School of Colombo

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 Accredited a RAMSAR wetland city

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

EFL calls for a levy on plastic

In late 2018, EFL called for a levy on plastic in Sri Lanka to minimise the excessive, uncontrolled consumption of plastic. EFL wrote to the President, the then Prime Minister and the Finance Minister about the levy demonstrating the harm caused by single use plastic on the environment. Read below to see the press releases made so far on the issue. අපගේ අධික ප්ලාස්ටික් හා පොලිතින් භාවිතයෙන් පරිසරට බොහෝ හානි පැමිනෙයි. මෙම හානිය වළැක්වීමේ එක් ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් ලෙස EFL ආයතනය පොලිතින් හා ප්ලාස්ටික්වලට