Fighting Deforestation in Sri Lanka

By Savithri Sellapperumage Courtesy The Diplomat Can Sri Lanka live up to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s environmental commitments?   The focus on Sri Lanka’s deforestation and the conservation of forests this year can be traced back to widespread discussions about deforestation in Wilpattu  National Park back in 2019. Deforestation in Wanathawillu, Anawilundawa and Sinharaja has been the recent focus of discussion. However, […]

Wanathawilluwa forest clearance: Whodunit?

  NWPEA to file legal action Environmentalists claim that officials have turned a blind eye Nobody arrested yet Enough legal provisions in place to sue the responsible party Days after the Anawilundawa Ramsar Wetland, situated in Puttalam District, made headlines over an illegal clearance, nearly 100 acres of forest area was reportedly destroyed in Kuratiyamohotte area in Eluwankulama, Wanathawilluwa, also […]

Sinharaja’s Downfall: Paradise Paved in Asphalt

By Ranmini Gunasekara  There are places on Earth that hold outstanding universal value to humanity – these are named World Heritage Sites and protected for the benefit of generations to come. One such World Heritage Site is the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, one of the last remaining virgin rainforests in Sri Lanka, which is home to over 60 per cent of […]

UNESCO urged to interfere to halt illegal road construction inside Sinharaja Forest

The Centre for Environmental and Nature Studies of Sri Lanka (CENS) has filed a complaint with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on the illegal construction of a road inside the Sinharaja World Heritage Site. In a letter to the UNESCO, the National Coordinator for CENS Ravindra Kariyawasam said the road construction work goes on buffer zone […]

රක්ෂිත බහුජාතික සමාගම් වෙත ලබා දීමට රජය සැරසේ

දෙදහස් පනහ වන තෙක් දියත් කිරමින් යන ජාතික භෞතික සැලසුමට අවශ්‍ය ඉඩම් ලබාගැනීම සදහාත් MCC ගිවිසුම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම උදෙසා ඉඩම් නිදහස් කරගැනීම වෙනුවෙනුත් රජයේ අවශේෂ කැළෑ වනාන්තරවල ආරක්ෂාව වෙනුවෙන් තිබූ 05/ 2001 චක්‍රලේකය පසෙක තබා බහුජාතික සමාගම් හා ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් වෙත ඉඩම් ලබාදීම සදහා රජය මේ වන විට කටයුතු කරමින් ඇත. ඒ සදහා සියලුම ප්‍රදේශීය හා දිසාපතිවරුන් යටතේ ඇති වනාන්තර හා […]

The death of seventh elephant In Sri Lanka

Today Center for Environment and Nature studies held a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka (08.10.2019).  The conference concerned about the in Hiriwadunna area. Environmentalist, Ven Wekadawala Rahula thero said there are no proper investigation about this incident .Responsibility has been taken by the Wild Life department .But, it is not enough because have to explain the reasons why so many […]