Farmers in Hambantota conducted a vehicle parade today as a mark of protest.

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The farmers were seen travelling on motorcycles and various vehicles from Sooriyawewa to Hambantota via Amabalantota.

A group of farmers in Walsapugala, Sooriyawewa are currently engaged in a Satyagraha campaign for the 53rd consecutive day.

They are engaged in the protest demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota to be included in the Government gazette and for it to be printed

Center for Environment and Nature Studies is  a partner organization  of this  protest

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අලි කළමණා කරන රක්ෂිතය හමිබන්තොට


වසර දොළහකට පමණ පෙර හම්බන්තොට ජනගහනය අඩු කලාපයක් වූ අතර එහි වැඩි භූමි ප්රමාණයක් සතුන්ගේ වාසස්ථාන බවට පත්ව තිබීනි. නමුත් ජාතික භෙෘකික සැළසුමට අනුව හමිබන්තොට මහ නගරය සංවර්ධනය කිරීම නිසා අලි ඇතුන් විසින් භාවිතා කල වනාන්තර විනාශ වී ගොස් ඇති අතර අද වන විට ඔහුන් වෙනුවෙන් වෙන් කර ඇති අක්කර 20000 ක භූමි ප්රමාණයත් සංවර්ධන කටයුතු සඳහා එළි පෙහෙලි කර භාවිතයට ගනිමින් සිටී ...

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Now, new road to hotel poses danger to ecologically sensitive Roomassala

By Ifam Nizam (The Island News papaer)

A 20-foot road is to be built shortly in a very environmentally sensitive location leading to a hotel which is also under construction, despite objections by officials, Environmental Scientist at the Centre for Environment Nature Studies (CENS), Dr Ravindra Kariywasam told The Island yesterday.

Wildlife officials had objected to both the hotel and the road, but their objects had been ignored due to political influence, Kariyawasam said. The hotel was being constructed by former President Maithripala Srisena’s brother Dudley, he added.

He warned that the ecologically important Rumassala sanctuary, Unawatuna beach and coral reef of Rumassala would be badly affected by the giant hotel complex.

“From what we know the hotel management plans to release 6...

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Satyagraha campaign in Walspaugala

satyagraha campaign launched by locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota and Hattottuwagam street dram team conducted an awareness program in the street last day.

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Now, new road to hotel poses danger to ecologically sensitive Roomassala

By Ifham Nizam

A 20-foot road is to be built shortly in a very environmentally sensitive location leading to a hotel which is also under construction, despite objections by officials, Environmental Scientist at the Centre for Environment Nature Studies (CENS), Dr Ravindra Kariywasam told The Island yesterday.

Wildlife officials had objected to both the hotel and the road, but their objects had been ignored due to political influence, Kariyawasam said. The hotel was being constructed by former President Maithripala Srisena’s brother Dudley, he added.

He warned that the ecologically important Rumassala sanctuary, Unawatuna beach and coral reef of Rumassala would be badly affected by the giant hotel complex.

“From what we know the hotel management plans to release 60% of wastewater after tr...

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Titanium Mining would dramatically transform The ecosystem of Gulf Mannar

Mannar area is a very important place from both historical and natural point of view. (―Mannar‖ = Minara — a place of worship. Their sand and mineral deposited area called‖ Adams bridge‖ and it is starting from Mannar and its stretch to India’s Pamaban island ( Rameshwaram). This chain of the island has identified as ―Adam’s Bridge‖ by a British map maker. The Indian name Rama Sethu refers to the Indian legend Ramayanaya: the bridge is supposed to have been built for the Indian Prince Rama to cross from India to Sri Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka. This is a historical story that has been adapted with this land area of manner.
Gulf Mannar including Manar island is an ecological valuable place for both Sri Lanka and India...

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Pico Hydros make great damges

By Raveendra Kariyawasam
A belief that ‘small’ hydropower systems are a source of clean energy with little or no environmental impact is driving a growing interest in mini, micro, and pico hydropower systems that can generate from less than 5 kilowatts up to 10 megawatts of energy.
Hydropower may appear to be the cleanest and most versatile of renewable energy sources, but experience shows that optimism about its potential can be misplaced.
Hydropower uses water to generate carbon-free electricity. Fossil-fuelled power plants and coal power plants, nuclear power plants produce gases and/or ash emissions into the air. After 1950 hydropower became popular in many countries including Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, India, and Malaysia...

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ජාතික භෙෘතික සැළැසිමට අනුව වාණිජ බොග වගාවන් සදහා ඉඩමි නිදහස් කරගැනීම වෙිනුවෙින් මෙි වන විට රජය අවශ්ය මංකොල්ල කාරී ඉඩමි ප්රතිපත්තිය ක්රියාත්කරමින් සිටි . ලංකවෙි වී ගොවිතැන පඩු ලබන ගොවිතැනක් යැයි 1994 වසරේදී ලොක බැංකුව විසින් රජයට පෙන්වා දී තිබෙින අතර කුඩා ගොවියන් සිය ගොවිතැනින් ඉවත් කිරීමත් ඒ වෙිනුවට මහාපරිමාණ ගොවිතැන් ඇති කර ගොවියන් කමිකරුවන් බවට පත්කෙරෙන මෙම සැළසුමට අවශ්ය කැලෑ ඉඩමි ලබාගැනිම හා කුඩා ගොවිබිමි මහා පරිමාණ ගොවිබිමි යටතේ ආර්ථික බෝග වගාවට යොදවා ගැනීම මෙහි මුලීක පියවරයි ...

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Threatened biodiversity hotspot on the road to destruction

By Kamanthi wikaramasinghe

Neluwa-Lankagama-Deniyaya Road construction via World Heritage Site nears completion sans EIA
Environmentalists observe lack of consultation from technical experts
SL Army says construction work done under the supervision of RDA
Subject minister says EIA will be ready in three weeks

The Neluwa-Lankagama-Deniyaya Road that is being built via the Sinharaja Forest Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sans a proper plan and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has received widespread criticisms.

Responding to mounting criticism at the onset of the project, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the area and said that the road will be constructed in 90 days...

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CENS and Green community of pollonaruwa were held a protest

CENS and Green community of pollonaruwa were held a protest in pollonnaruwa city against construction of Yakkure roada 02.12.2020. Villages and Environmentalist requested not to build any road trough forest. The Yakkaure is an environment sensitive area. But government just try to construct a road for improve tourism. This plan will destroy the bio diversity and animal a habitats of the area.

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