Challenges in Biodiversity Conservation in a Highly Modified Tropical River Basin in Sri Lanka

Kelani River is the fourth longest river in the South-Asian island, Sri Lanka. It originates from the central hills and flows through a diverse array of landscapes, including some of the most urbanized regions and intensive land uses. Kelani River suffers a multitude of environmental issues: illegal water diversions and extractions, impoundment for hydroelectricity generation, and pollution, mostly from agrochemicals, […]

CENS: Worst rape of environment last year in country’s history

The Centre for Environmental and Nature Studies estimates that Sri Lanka lost more than 10 acres of forests on a daily basis from January to December 31, 2020. The Centre’s Executive Director Dr. Ravindra Kariyawasam yesterday claimed the occurrence of a massive environmental destruction throughout the country and that made 2020 the year of worst eco-devastation in the history of […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]