Uma Oya tunnel being dugout 100 M below Koslanda 

  BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA-Ceylon today  November 9, 2014  A tunnel being dug 100 metres below the Koslanda hills, where the recent landslide tragedy took place, may be the cause of the tragedy, environmentalists inferred.This tunnel will divert Mahaweli waters from Kirindi Oya to the Moneragala, Badulla and Hambantota Districts under the Rs 80 billion multipurpose Uma Oya Hydro Electric Power and Irrigation […]

Environmentalists and scientists trade arguments Was Uma Oya Project responsible for Koslanda tragedy?

Environmentalists and scientists trade arguments Was Uma Oya Project responsible for Koslanda tragedy?  By Niranjala Ariyawansha -Ceylon today  09/11/2014 Soon after the devastating landslide hit the village of Meeriyabedda in Koslanda in the early hours of Wednesday, 29 October, burying several lives and displacing hundreds, the blame game began. The government authorities started blaming the people for not relocating to […]

Environmental lobby rises against proposal mini hydro plant

By Ifham Nizam (The Island)   International experts have joined hands with the Centre for Environment and Nature Studies (CENS) to oppose the proposed Theberton Mini Hydro Power Plant to be undertaken by Sapthakaanya Mini Hydro Company on the Maskeliya River directly above the Laxapana Waterfall. The proposed hydro power projects that would destroy the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary the Kelani River, […]

සොරගුණේ කැලය මැදින් කාමර 2,000 හෝටලයට හා ගොල්ෆ් පිටියට යළිත් වරක් පාර කැපේ

සොරගුණේ වනාන්තරය නසමින් මේ වනවිට රන්වන් ගුහාව, දඩයම්පොළ හරහා මහා මාර්ගයක් ඉදිකිරීමට ආරම්භ කර ඇත. මෙම මාර්ගය ඉදිවෙමින් පවතින්නේ මීට වසර කිහිපයකට පෙර ජනතාවගේ උද්ඝෝෂණ මත යටගිය කාමර දෙදහසක හෝටල් සංකීර්ණය හා ගොල්ෆ් පිටිය ඉදිකරන බෙරගල ගොල්ෆ් රිසෝට් ව්‍යාපෘතිය සඳහා බව ඉතා පැහැදිලිය. මිනිස් වාසයක් නොමැති මෙම වනය මැද කිසිදු අවසරයකින් තොරව නීති විරෝධී ලෙස ඉදිකරන මාර්ගය හා ගොල්ෆ් ව්‍යාපෘතිය […]

පාරාදීසය නරකාදියක් කිරීම නොහොත් සංවර්ධනය මුවාවෙන් පරිසරය නැසීම

අද වන විට සිදුවන දැවැන්ත සංවර්ධනය පරිසරය ගැන හෝ මිනිසුන් ගැන හිතන විදියේ සංවර්ධනයක් නොවන බව වඩා පැහැදිලි වෙමින් ඇත. 2011 සිට 2030 දක්වා සැලසුම් කර ඇති දැවැන්ත සංවර්ධනය මේ බිමේ අවශ්‍යතාවයට හෝ මෙහි ජීවත්වන මිනිසුන්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාවය නොවන බව වඩා පැහැදිලිය.  ලෝක බැංකුව, ආසියානු සංවර්ධන බැංකුව, ජාත්‍යන්තර මූල්‍ය අරමුදල වැනි ආයතනවල ණය ආධාර හා අවශ්‍යතාවය මත  ඕස්ටේලියාව ඇතුලූ රටවල් කිහිපයක උපදේශයන් උඩ කි‍්‍රයාත්මක වන දැවැන්ත සංවර්ධනය චීනය ඇතුලූ […]

Seed Act a boon to multinationals – Dr. Shiva (Ceylon today )

By Zahrah Imtiaz The Seed Act is a ‘backdoor’ by which the multinationals will get what they want, said Indian scientist and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva. Dr. Shiva, who was on a recent visit to Sri Lanka, was campaigning for the abolishment of the Seed Act and the patenting of local biodiversity by multinationals.“There was a great study done on kidney […]

Impact of micro hydropower on Sri Lanka’s ecosystem

By Raveendra Kariyawasam Abelief 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, […]

e -Petition against Laxapana waterfall destruction

Center for Environment and nature studies  has being opened  e -Petition against Laxapana waterfall destruction. We requests  from put your signature to e –petition.it will be a create big effect and protect the waterfall. You can use fallowing link to put your signature, http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/ravindra-kariyawasam-and-sri-lankan-people-the-government-of-sri-lanka-and-ministry-of-environment-should-involve-to-stop-illegal-hydro-power-plant-200-meters-above-laxapan-waterfall-in-sri-lanka?recruiter=100736925&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_invitation. Thank you so much Best regard CENS team .

Lakshapana falls to be killed by electrocution?

The Center for Environmental and Nature Studies (CENS) warns that due to the construction of a private hydro powered power plant above Lakshapana water fall, it has currently faced a threat of being completely dried out. CENS points out that the construction work of a small scale hydro powered power plant that is being carried out by Sapthakanya Hydro cooper […]

Sri Lanka’s government wants to sell off water resources to western multinationals

ASIANEWS (www.asianews.it ) 05/16/2014 14:07 SRI LANKA Sri Lanka’s government wants to sell off water resources to western multinationals The Centre for Environmental and Nature Studies (CENS) denounces project approved by the Cabinet. The plan will be financed by the World Bank with a loan of 110 million US dollars, pushing the authorities to privatize the island’s water resources. Colombo […]