Environment

Alliance Finance Company adds to record- breaking 176,000 trees planted in a single day!

Views - 63 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:26

Alliance Finance (AFC) has completed planting of 201,000 trees under the Thuru Mithuru program as part of its Social and Environment value creation – the company announced. Accordingly in addition to over 176,000 trees they planted on the World Env


McLarens Group joins Mega Beach Clean Up

Views - 10 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:24

Saving our planet from the ever-accelerating destruction of its eco system falls on each and every one of us. Be it sea, air or land, we are responsible for more than half of its destruction, hence it’s only right we are responsible for its surviva


Dambulla Green Project 2018: Public and private sector partner to create ‘Green City’

Views - 15 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:23

Sri Lanka’s pioneer in high-tech industrial glove manufacturing, ATG Group of Companies in partnership with the Dambulla Municipal Council recently initiated a reforestation programme with a view to planting 1,000 Khaya and Kumbuk trees covering se


WNPS monthly lecture on 15 Nov. to focus on fighting wildlife crimes with forensics

Views - 60 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:22

The Wildlife & Nature Protection Society’s monthly lecture on 15 November at the Jasmine Hall BMICH at 6.00 p.m. will focus on fighting wildlife crimes with forensics with expert Ravi Perera as the guest speaker. The WNPS Public Lecture is open t


INSEE Cement wins two prestigious awards at Presidential Environment Awards 2018

Views - 9 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

At the prestigious Presidential Environment Awards 2018 held recently at BMICH, Sri Lanka’s leading cement manufacturer INSEE Cement (Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited), and the nation’s premier sustainable waste management solutions provider INSE


Greener supply chains:Making a case for carbon insetting

Views - 62 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

Over the years, the concept of carbon offsetting has had a tumultuous reception. Before the worldwide financial crisis, the heyday of the carbon credit marketplace saw many companies investing in credits – often without a very clear picture of what


The more we refuse, the less we need to recycle

Views - 21 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

When we talk about reduction of waste we talk about at least 3 Rs, Refuse, Reduce and Recycle. In addition various concepts have come up including a number of additional Rs such as Re-use, Repair, Re-gift, Recover, Rethink and so on. Many waste effo


WNPS lecture today to focus on Human-Elephant Conflict management

Views - 76 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) management and whether Sri Lanka will learn from its past mistakes will be the focus of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’s (WNPS) monthly lecture today (18 October) at the Jasmine Hall BMICH starting at 6 p.m


Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment-Biodiversity Sri Lanka MoU for collaboration

Views - 118 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Biodiversity Sri Lanka signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding recently to use their combined comparative advantages for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Sri Lanka. B


Sri Lanka at International Water Association World Congress

Views - 6 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka recently participated in the International Water Association (IWA) World Congress 2018 in Tokyo. Following is the speech made by State Minister of City Planning and Water Lucky Jayawardana at the event


The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International stand up for animals

Views - 12 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

On 4 October, World Animal Day, The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International brought 8.3 million signatures against cosmetic animal testing to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to create a global framework to end animal testing while a


Jetwing Vil Uyana opens Community Wildlife Education Centre and Library in Sigiriya

Views - 18 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

For more than a decade, the man-made wetland habitat at Jetwing Vil Uyana has been home to numerous wildlife species. Accompanied by Assistant Manager Chaminda Jayasekara, in the private biosphere of Jetwing Vil Uyana lies a chance for guests to catc


Palmyrah House announces commencement of migrant season

Views - 9 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Every year, for countless millennia, birds of all shapes and sizes in temperate regions, fleeing the oncoming winter, have been winging their way to the tropical and sunny regions straddling the equator, in search of food, sanctuary and shelter. The


Elephant House takes ‘PlasticCycle’ project to the next phase

Views - 15 Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:09

Sri Lanka’s legendary consumer food brand, Elephant House, together with Walkers Tours, the Road Development Authority, and Beira Enviro Solutions, has joined hands with the John Keells Group to scale up the already successful ‘PlasticCycle’ pr


Corporates say why they join BCCS, a journey of sustainable practice

Views - 9 Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:08

Companies that compete in the annual Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Award conducted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce believe that it serves a greater purpose beyond the accolade itself, acting as a measure of their year-on-year progres


New scheme to dispose of non-hazardous waste becomes operational at BOI Biyagama EPZ

Views - 34 Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:07

A new scheme to dispose of non-hazardous solid waste was formally launched at the BOI’s Biyagama Export Processing Zone (BEPZ) at its Material Recovery Centre (MRC). Participating at the event were Executive Director (Zones) M K D Lawrence, Holci


SL has no choice but to adapt to climate change: Expert

Views - 53 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:59

By Divya Thotawatte Sri Lanka, as an island, is more prone to the increasing impacts of climate change, and if necessary action is not taken, they will affect not only the economy but the country’s environment, citizens, infrastructure and busines


BSL appoints new Board of Directors at 3rd AGM

Views - 328 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:55

A new Board of Directors was appointed to Biodiversity Sri Lanka at its third AGM held recently. They are Dilhan C. Fernando, CEO of Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company and Trustee of Dilmah Conservation (Chair), Chandrarathne D. Vithanage, Senior Assistant Se


BSL Annual Technical Sessions reveal private sector-led environmental initiatives length, breadth

Views - 70 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:52

Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s Annual Technical Sessions, which precede its AGM, were held at the Liberty Ballroom of the Ramada Colombo recently. At these sessions, member contributions to national conservation priorities were explored. BSL member comp


NGOs against implementation of taxes on imported timber

Views - 25 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:50

By Divya Thotawatte Increasing taxes implemented on the imports of timber will result in harming the environment of Sri Lanka while destroying its natural resources, said Wanaspathi Nature team, a Non-Governmental Organisation. Addressing a press co


Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s Annual CEO Forum lays road map for businesses in climate change adaptation

Views - 51 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

Delivering the keynote address on ‘Climate Change Challenges and Solutions for Sri Lankan Businesses’ at Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s annual CEO Forum, Attorney-at-Law Dr. Lalanath de Silva stated that over the past 20 years, climate change had ris


INSEE Ecocycle wins world’s topmost Green World Award

Views - 23 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

INSEE Ecocycle has clinched a coveted accolade at the Green World Award, the annual international campaigns to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practices around the world. The award ceremony was held on 17 September in Ankara, Turkey.


As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking: Water experts

Views - 14 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say. Combined with loss


Multi-pronged waste management practices by South Korea’s Seoul a model for all

Views - 29 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

By Nisthar Cassim Waste is a global problem with many countries especially developing nations continuing to grapple with finding the right solution. Industrious South Korea which too faced many challenges in dealing with its waste once upon a time ha


Waste plastic for road surfacing?

Views - 111 Monday, 1 October 2018 00:24

Asset Group of Companies commenced using a new technology to incorporate waste plastic to produce asphalt for road surfacing.


Ceylon Waste Management wins global gold

Views - 6 Monday, 1 October 2018 00:23

Ceylon Waste Management Ltd. (CWM), the pioneer in e-waste management in Sri Lanka has won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world’s greenest countries, companies and communities.


EU, UNOPS, and MEPA beach clean-up for coastal clean-up week 2018

Views - 58 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Working together to take action against marine litter, the Delegation of the European Union (EU), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and E


Rainmaker Worldwide delivers first Air-to-Water unit to assist with drinking water crisis

Views - 8 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Rainmaker Worldwide, working with its local partner, Rainmaker Water Ltd., has delivered its first innovative Air-to-Water unit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, to make preparations for the production of clean bottled water to districts affected by drought as


Building Sri Lanka’s resilience to climate change

Views - 14 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Thirty-eight-year-old Sivasidambaram Vasugi is the General Manager of one of the first cooperative-owned seed paddy processing centres in Kilinochchi, Si Lanka. The Integrated Farmers Thrift and Credit Cooperative Society (IFTCCS) provides local farm


Rotary to shoulder 20% of President Maithripala Sirisena’s COFA promise

Views - 12 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena at the 24th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) tweeted to the world: “Arrived in the beautiful city of Rome to attend the COFO 24. Looking forward to talk about Sri Lanka’s progress as we are well se


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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


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