Public Participation

තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම (RTI) සහ පාරිසරික බලපෑම් තක්සේරු කිරීමේ (EIA) වාර්තාව

කර්තෘ: කුමුදිකා පෙරේරා උධෘතය: තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම හරහා රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනයේ විනිවිදභාවය, සහ වගකිවයුතුභාවය  ළඟා කරගත හැකිය. මුල් අයිතිය: Daily Mirror මහජන අදහස් විමසීම සහ මහජන සහභාගීත්වය, පාරිසරික බලපෑම් තක්සේරු කිරීමේ (EIA) වාර්තා ක්‍රියා පටිපාටියේ වැදගත් අංගයක් උසුලන බව මින් පෙර සාකච්ඡා කරන ලදී.  එමෙන්ම මහජනතාවට පරිශීලනය කළ හැකි තොරතුරු ද මහජන සහභාගීත්වය ඔප්නැංවීමට අවස්ථාව සලසයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ දහනවවන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය, 14A ව්‍යවස්ථාව මගින් තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම

The Right to Information (RTI) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report

By:  Kumudika Perera RTI can be a tool for greater transparency and accountability in the EIA process to facilitate public participation effectively. Image Credits- Daily Mirror - Header In EFL’s previous blogs, we have discussed how and why public participation is vital in the process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Information fed to the public domain is thus important as information increases the effectiveness of public participation and is viewed as a prerequisite for a successful democracy. In

Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making and the EIA Process: A Human Rights Perspective

By: Piyumi Wattuhewa Ensuring public participation in environmental decision-making is fundamental in fostering accountability and transparency in environmental policy building frameworks. Image Credits: Luis del Río on Unsplash The intrinsic inter-relationship between environmental conservation and the affirmation of human rights has been acknowledged not only through numerous multilateral environmental agreements such as Aarhus and Espoo, but also through human rights treaties such as the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural

Public files action against the Southern Expressway Project

By: Chamindri Liyanage “… the Appellants’ fundamental right to equal treatment and to the equal protection of the law also entitled them to notice and a hearing.” Image Credits: Roar Media Background    The Southern Expressway (EO1) that connects the city of Colombo with Galle and Matara is the first expressway built in Sri Lanka. The purpose of the expressway project was to integrate the southern region into the economic mainstream of Sri Lanka and to improve the living

Saving Sri Lanka’s Waterfalls: An Outlook on the Upper Kotmale Hydro-power Project

By: Anjalee Udawatta & Lakshitha Edirisinghe The EIA identified key issues associated with the project. Several scenic waterfalls were threatened due to the reduction of water flow. Image source: A crucial component of Sri Lanka’s natural scenic beauty is the cascading waterfalls emanating from the central hills. While serving as major tourist attractions, these waterfalls also support the livelihoods of surrounding communities while being a safe haven for several faunal species. The dire need to protect

International Conventions and the EIA Process

By: Piyumi Wattuhewa Passing legislations enabling the provisions of environmental conventions would pave the way for the better implementation of EIA procedures. The amount of international conventions constituting provisions relating to the environment and environmental protection is vast, especially when one considers the subject specific conventions as well as the regional and bilateral agreements that state parties enter into. Environmental Impact Assessment is often given effect in such agreements, though often not expressly; but can frequently

පාරිසරික බලපෑම් තක්සේරු කිරීමේ වාර්තාව (EIA) සහ මහජන අදහස් විමසීම

කර්තෘ: කුමුදිකා පෙරේරා උධෘතය: මහජනතාව ව්‍යාපෘති යෝජනා සමඟ සම්බන්ධවන විට ඔවුහු ඔවුනොවුන්ගේ අදහස් ප්‍රකාශ කරමින්, තර්ක කරමින්, භෞතික සංවර්ධනයේදී අනුගමනය කළ යුතු ගුණධර්ම පිළිබඳව සංවාදයක යෙදෙයි. ඡායාරූපය උපුටා ගැනීමකි. මුල් අයිතිය MONGABAY සහ Cane Mario සතු ය. සංශෝධිත 1980 අංක 47 දරන ජාතික පාරිසරික පනතට අනුව, ‘පාරිසරික බලපෑම් තක්සේරු කිරීමේ (EIA) වාර්තාව’ යනු, යම්කිසි නියමිත ව්‍යාපෘතියක ආර්ථික හා පාරිසරික පිරිවැයප්‍රතිලාභ

Whereto with EIAs and Public Participation

By: Kumudika Perera Public participation is a matter of a nation’s legal, political and administrative arrangements. It nurtures people’s democratic rights. Image Credits: MONGABAY and Cane Mario. EIA: The Guardian of Environs The National Environmental Act, No. 47 of 1980 as amended defines ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ (EIA) as a written, cost-benefit analysis of a predicted environmental project, containing a description of avoidable and unavoidable, adverse environmental effects the project would cause, the alternatives available and

EIAs: What They Are and Why You Should Care

By: Piyumi Wattuhewa EIAs evaluate development projects and activities. It considers the ramifications, both positive and negative, of projects even before the first stone is laid and the first tree is cut. Image source- As a developing country, Sri Lanka is the birthplace of many-a formidable development projects; from highways to expressways, from bridges to tunnels, from cities on land to cities on the sea, from hotels, to gyms, to malls, it is not a novelty that something