Upper Kotmale

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: olivelankaholidays.com 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