The Sunday Leader

Sri Pada Turns Into A Dumping Ground

by Ifham Nizam Unless strict action is immediately taken to ban plastics and polythene, Sri Lanka will continue to suffer number of garbage related issues, environmentalists and scientists warn. Many expressed concern last week after it was reported that more than a million plastic bottles were collected from Sri Pada area which was discarded by [...]

Rajapaksa Also Used Foreign Experts – S. B. Dissanayake

 by Waruni Karunarathne  Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a communiqué recently slamming the UNHRC resolution that was passed unanimously at the Council sessions in Geneva. According to Mahinda, the resolution is not a ‘victory’, and it does not protect the interests of the ‘war heroes’. In the contrary, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) praised [...]

Whither The Wildlife Department?

By Nirmala Kannangara With the release of the committee report of the investigation conducted by the Ministry of Wildlife Resources Conservation to find out the frauds that are taking place at the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) which has come in the limelight that several elephants have been registered in contravention of the law, environmentalists [...]

Mahaweli Authority Remains Silent

Encroachments in Mahaweli River reservations with political partonag By Waruni Karunarathne The number of massive encroachments in the Mahaweli river reservations and Polgolla reservoir reservations are increasing but the Mahaweli Authority has not taken any steps to prevent the encroachments, environmentalists complained. Many environmentalists were of the view that the construction of hotels along the [...]

Political Interference To Prevent Prosecution

By Nirmala Kannangara A Senior Minister has allegedly interfered in the prosecution by the Department of Wild Life Conservation (DWLC) of a person arrested for possessing a python, snake, monkey and an imported iguana for sale. Despite interferences by this Senior Minister who was once an Environment Minister, wildlife officials are going ahead with the [...]

Destruction At What Cost?

Projects ward away the elephants from their natural habitat No Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) carried out for any of the project proponents By Nirmala Kannangara Startling revelations have come to the fore as to how thousands of acres of thick forest lands in Hambantota district are being destroyed for development. After clearing 2,000 hectares of [...]

Legal Extinction?

Amending the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance enables export of critically endangered and protected species By Nirmala Kannangara Sri Lanka Ornamental Fish and Water Plant Exporters’ Association (SLOFWPEA) is accused of influencing the Economic Development Ministry to legalize the export of critically endangered and protected inland fish and water plant species. It is learnt that [...]

Rural Water Projects Depend on Women

By Amantha Perera During the dry season, when dirt roads are cracked from the relentless heat, the sight of women walking miles, balancing pots of water on their heads, is common in rural Sri Lanka. While the men tend to paddy fields, the women are left with the arduous task of collecting water for household [...]

Bellanwila Attidiya Sanctuary Under Threat

By Nirmala Kannangara The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) has come under severe criticism for aiding and abetting encroachers within the Bellanwila-Attidiya sanctuary. According to environmentalists, attempts to get the illegal land fillings and encroachers removed from the sanctuary have fallen on deaf ears, as politicians have backed these illegal land fillings and encroachments. Director, [...]

Concerns Over Cable Cars To Adam’s Peak

By Nirmala Kannangara Environmentalists, civil societies and Buddhist clergy have expressed concerns over the proposed plan to introduce cable cars to Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada). Sri Pada the fourth highest mountain in the country is also of religious importance to Buddhists. According to environmentalists and civil society organizations, the proposed plan would not only bring [...]

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