Sinharaja is Sri Lanka’s flagship for conservation of rainforests and it is the only National Wilderness Heritage area that receives the highest level of legal protection under Sri Lankan conservation laws. Despite its significance, Sinharaja forest is increasingly threatened by potential developments and calamities that occur naturally, triggered by anthropogenic activities.
It is in this regard that Environmental Foundation Ltd. (EFL) published a book on the “Review of the Southern Border of Sinharaja; Contemporary needs against conservation.” The book was launched on 7 December 2018 at the British Council Library. This book elaborates a study conducted to assess the present status of Sinharaja, the gaps in conservation and current practices with emphasis on utilising Sustainable Forest Management as a means of addressing the underlying threats posed to the southern border of Sinharaja.
Throughout EFL’s illustrious history, EFL has published several leading Environmental Law publications such as the Judges & Environmental Law: A handbook for the Sri Lankan judiciary, Your Environmental Rights and Responsibilities: A handbook for Sri Lanka and many others.
The publication on the southern border of Sinharaja forest aims at rekindling the intrinsic conservation values of the readers and stimulate discussions on conservation. As the passion for conservation emanates from an understating of the core benefits embraced by pristine rainforests such as Sinharaja, this publication seeks to create awareness which would trigger effective conservation.
The event was graced by EFL Chairperson Dr. Eric Wikramanayake, Mr. Anura Sathurusinghe, the Conservator General of Forest while the guest speaker for the evening was Prof. Savithri Gunatilleke, a renowned Sinharaja conservationist.
|6.35pm- 6.40pm||Welcome by British Council|
|6.40pm- 6.45pm||EFL Chairperson addresses the audience on climate change|
|6.45pm- 6.55pm||Mr. Anura Sathurusinghe|
|6.55pm- 7.10pm||Launch of the book by Hafsa Hudha|
|7.10pm- 7.30pm||Presentation by Prof. Savithri Gunatilleke|
|7.30 pm||Vote of thanks & Closure of Event|
|7.30pm- 8.00pm||Selling the book/ Refreshments|