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.
Heen ela wetland
Urban wetlands make cities livable in many important ways. They reduce flooding, replenish drinking water, filter waste, provide urban green spaces, and are a source of livelihoods.
Find out what it means to be accredited a RAMSAR wetland city and how EFL has contributed to protecting wetlands through legal and scientific means.
Click on the press releases to know more. The following articles are written by Piyumani Ranasinghe.