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 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 බද්දක්

Press Releases on Ehetuwewa Forest Clearing Court Case SC (Spl) LA 289/2017

EFL was granted Special Leave to Appeal by the Supreme Court in the Ehetuwewa forest clearing case (SC (Spl) LA 289/2017) on the 1st of August 2018. This case relates to illegal forest clearing and the subsequent erection of an electric fence within the immediate vicinity of the Nakolagane Purana Raja Maha Viharaja in Ehetuwewa. See below the press releases related to the case.

Eli Hatha Illegal Mini Hydro Project Court Case CA (W) 478/15 Press Releases

The beautiful Eli Hatha, or the ‘Seven Falls’ waterfall, is situated within a Peak Wilderness Nature Reserve in Sri Lanka. An alleged unlawful construction of a Mini Hydro Project was taking place at the seventh waterfall called Dothulu Ella, where rigorous harm to the environment has been caused. Thus, EFL filed a Writ application on the 04th of December 2015, against the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) for failing to carry out their mandate. Read the following press releases about the

Press releases on court case (CAW 143/2018) on an unlawful tourism project in Sallitivu

EFL filed a new case on the 29th of March 2018 against an illegal tourism project taking place on Sallitivu islet in Vakarai. The islet is home to a number of endemic flora and fauna. The alleged eco-tourism project of illegal construction of ecolodges, is carried out by the District Secretary of Batticaloa without requisite permits or an approval by the Coast Conservation Department (CCD). The following are all the press releases in relation to the case. Want to know about the

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

Press Conference on Deforestation in Wilpattu Forest Complex

EFL, in partnership with several other environmental organizations and concerned parties comprising The Coalition to Protect Our Natural Heritage, held a press conference to address the deforestation in the Wilpattu Forest Complex. The aim of the press conference was to inform the media and general public on the forest clearing taking place in the forest reserves adjacent to Wilpattu National Park and clarify the accurate ground level situation amidst several distorted and untrue claims. The panelists included EFL Chairman Dr.

Press Conference on Deforestation in Wilpattu Forest Complex

A press conference on ‘highlighting the need to ensure water, food and habitat security for all’ was held on the 31st of January 2017 organised by EFL together with the Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO). The panel of speakers comprised Dr. Sumith Pilapitaya (FEO), Mr. Rukshan Jayawardene (WNPS), Mr. Sajeewa Chamikara (ECT), Dr. Sevvandi Jayakody (EFL), each focusing on critical issues relating to deforestation in Sri Lanka. As the first speaker, Mr. Sajeewa Chamikara addressed the negative social, economic and ecological