Mining, Development and Environment

Read the full article by EFL; Sri Lanka is a country blessed with an abundant natural resources necessary for various industries. As Sri Lanka is economically developing and cities are growing, the persistent demand in the construction industries for minerals such as sand, soil, gravel, clay and graphite is rising. While we use these resources to enhance the lives of the people in Sri Lanka, it is also necessary to ensure that they are extracted and used in a

Green Conversations 2 on Deforestation

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.

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

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

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.

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