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Case over Illegal Eco Tourism Project in Sallitivu, Vakarai concluded – Press Release

Kirillapone, Colombo – 05, March 11, 2020: Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited (EFL), is one of the oldest public interest litigation firms in Sri Lanka. Established in 1981 as a non-profit Public Interest Litigation group with a mission to act on environmental injustices and help conserve the natural environment in Sri Lanka. In 2018, EFL filed a Writ action in the Court of Appeal against an illegal eco-tourism project under the name “Leisure and Pleasure Pristine Eco Culture”. Sallitivu, a pristine Islet

Awareness on Sustainable Tourism

EFL conducted the first of a limited series of workshops titled, “Awareness on Sustainable Tourism” for the staff of the Columbus Tours (PVT) Ltd., on the 13th of February, 2020. The theme of the first workshop was the “Protected area network of Sri Lanka and responsible touristic practices”. The overview of the protected areas, locations of significant protected areas in Sri Lanka and their biodiversity value were presented by Dr. Chaturangi Wickramaratne, the Head of Science at EFL. Bhagya Wickremasinghe, the

Green Conversations 5 – Marine Conservation

The fifth edition of Green Conversations organized by EFL, was conducted on 18th of December 2019 at Hatch CoWorking Spaces, Colombo 01. The theme of the event was Marine Conservation. Green Conversations is a fast moving event format introduced by EFL, bringing together established environmentalists, organizations and the general public in one platform, to create a space to connect and exchange ideas and find solutions for current environmental issues. Continuing as a series from November 2018, starting with sustainable consumption, Green

EFL’s first participation at Good Market Sri Lanka

EFL participated for the first time in Good Market Lanka on 16 April 2019 partnering with ‘Festival for our planet’, an event organised by NGage Goodvocacy in relation to climate strike actions happening around the world. This was EFL’s first presence at Good Market Lanka after becoming one of its members in late 2018. EFL sold its merchandise such as T-shirts, re-usable cloth bags and its latest publication on Sinharaja southern borders. EFL’s

EFL presents at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) in USA

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

Why Biodiversity Makes Good Business Sense

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. [wonderplugin_pdf src=”https://efl.lk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Colombo-Club-Presentation.pdf” width=”100%” height=”600px” style=”border:0;”]

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 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

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

Looking Through The Environmental Lens Of Unregulated Tourism

Unregulated tourism poses potential threats to many natural areas. It can put enormous pressure on an area and lead to impacts such as increased pollution of water/ air, discharges into the sea, natural habitat loss, increased pressure on endangered species etc. Find out the impacts of unregulated tourism on the environment and how EFL addresses the problem so far through our legal work, investigations and scientific research projects, by clicking on the link below. Looking Through The Environmental Lens

State Media Briefing, together with the Department of Government Information

EFL, together with the Department of Government Information held a press briefing for the state media journalists on the 7th of September 2018. The main purpose of this briefing was to educate state media journalists on current environmental issues in Sri Lanka and to broaden their perspective on the impact of these issues. At the same time, the briefing was also held in the light of encouraging journalists to give more prominence to reporting about environmental issues in order to