Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience: Identifying Opportunities in National Policies and Legal Framework in relation to Rural Development

This publication ‘Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience: Identifying Opportunities in National Policies and Legal Framework in relation to Rural Development’ is a result of a consultancy between Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In the realm of climate change adaption and disaster resilience, this publication is looking at a few areas, which could contribute to strengthening ecological infrastructure to mitigate disaster impacts. The publication has sought to review the disaster management policy framework in light of promoting resilience. Moreover, it has identified three strategic areas of intervention, namely, land-use and development planning, agriculture and water resources management, as areas that if regulated in view of climate change can ensure building resilience, and policy recommendations to that effect have been made. The publication has also deliberated on cross-cutting areas of livelihood such as small and medium-scale enterprises(SMEs), insurance and finance and inclusion of gender as a driver of resilience, as well.

The publication identifies existing policies and highlights persisting gaps and issues within the existing frames for the solicitation of recommendations for future policy development.

This publication is available for free online:–en/index.htm

Tools and Guidelines for Watershed Management in the South-Western Region of Sri Lanka for Increased Climate Resilience

“Tools and Guidelines for Watershed Management in the South-Western Region of Sri Lanka for Increased Climate Resilience” with a special focus on Tea Growing Areas is a publication prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the consultancy of Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited. Focused around the Climate Change impacts on the rural community and the countries’ plantation industry, the publication brings attention to the natural disasters occurring in these regions and how the plantation and farming practices can be used to be sustainable and create resilience towards climate change impacts and reduce occurrence of natural disasters.

The Tools and Guidelines for Watershed Management focuses more on the different tools such as the use of various Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools that can be used to identify vulnerable areas for development and the use of sustainable agricultural practices and the use of the existing Legal framework to further strengthen the community resilience and conserve natural resources.

This publication is available for free online:–en/index.htm

Review of the Southern Border of Sinharaja: Contemporary needs against conservation

EFL added another publication to its collection called ‘A Review of the Southern Border of Sinharaja’ with a book launch event held on 7 December 2018 at the British Council Colombo. This book elaborates a study conducted to assess the present status of Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the gaps in conservation and current practices with emphasis on the lack of a veritable buffer zone being an underlying reason for the threats posed to the Southern borders of the Sinharaja.

The book is now available to purchase for Rs.750 at EFL premises. Students receive a concession.

Hakgala Under Threat: A Review of the Current Management Status, Threats and Needs

Gazetted in 1938, Hakgala was the first Strict Natural Reserve to be established in Sri Lanka. Hakgala Strict Natural Reserve (HSNR) is one of more than 100 protected areas in Sri Lanka, and is located in the Central Highlands Forest Complex in the south-central part of the country. This paper is a review of the reserves management status, threats and future needs.

Quick Reference Guide to Relevant Industrial Standards of Sri Lanka

This document is a Guide in respect of the Environmental Protection requirements and the Standards to be adhered to by the Enterprises both within and outside the Export Processing Zones.

Some Significant Environmental Judgements in Sri Lanka

A handbook on some of the most significant judgements in environmental law, which were passed with the help of EFL.

Judges Environmental Law

A handbook for the Sri Lankan Judiciary.

EFL Green Book: Know Your Environmental Rights and Responsibilities

EFL is pleased to present its revised edition of the ‘Your Environmental Rights and Responsibilities’, more commonly known as the Green Book, widely used by all those learning about the environment in Sri Lanka. This book comprises Sri Lanka’s constitutional right to a healthy environment, citizens’ basic rights and responsibilities and to what extent all of us can take action about illegal and environmentally destructive activities.

The book is printed in all three languages and it is priced at Rs. 3000.00.

6th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The publication includes distribution maps for various taxonomic groups; distribution maps for 
butterflies, freshwater fish, birds, mammals and the flora of Sri Lanka were revised; and distribution 
maps were prepared for the first time, for freshwater crabs, odonates, land snails, amphibians, 
reptiles, orchids, marine and mangrove habitats. An assessment of the severity and spread of threats 
and issues to evaluated taxonomic groups and ecosystems is included, and an overall evaluation of the 
state of the environment is detailed. This resulted in identifying critical landscapes that need 
enhanced protection, and key recommendations are provided to conserve the biodiversity of Sri 
The Biodiversity Profile update for the Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity 
(CBD) is now published and available for download on the Clearing House Mechanism hosted by CBD