Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014  
  October 2014, Kandy- CEJ recognised thirteen environmental and social rights defenders who served many years during the Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014.Former vice president of the International Court of Justice,  
   
 
Learn what are the major environmental problems in Sri Lanka. Think what can you do?
Coastal protection   Elephant killing
Sri Lanka has over 1600 kilometer long coastal belt. However this coastal belt is under heavy population pressure. Coastal communities as well as the hotel industry, tourism, shrimp farming. harbor development and sand mining have destroyed the Coastal belt.   Elephants in Sri Lanka is a sign of rich biodiversity in this small island. Once they roam around the entire country. Developement locked them into few National parks.
 
     
Environmental Justice and Governance   Eppawela Phosphate Mining
Sri Lankan do not enjoy equal environmental rights. The poor and the marginalised people in the society always victimized in the development process.

Access to Justice is very costly. However, compare to many other South Asian countries,
  Eppawela Phosphate mining proposal was the most controversial project in the 90s until year 2001. This is a privatisation of a 56 Square kilometer phosphate deposit located in Eppawela in the North- Central Province and about 20 kilometers from the ancient Anuradhapura city.
 
     
Forest destruction   Coal Power Plant  
Sri Lankan Natural forest cover has been reduced to 19% of the land cover. Early 90s it was more than 24%. Mangrove forest cover also has reduced from 12,000 hectares in 1982 to less than 4500 hectares mainly due to shrimp farming and coastal development.   May 12, 2006. Despite the criticism of the scientist and general public government of Sri Lanka laid the foundation stone for the fisrt Coal power project in Sri Lanka in Nuraichcholai, an agricultural area located near Puttalam on the 11th May 2006.
   
       
Sethusamudram Sea Canal   Upper Kothmale Hydropower project
The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project under the consideration of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, envisages creation of a ship canal to suit different drafts (9.15 m, 10.7 m and 12.8m) through dredging/excavation in Adams Bridge and parts of Palk Bay.  

Upper Kotmale Hydropower project is a long debate in the Environmental Impact Assessment history in Sri Lanka. This will generate 150 MW electricity using a Run of River project.

It become controversial since it will have negative impacts on seven..

   
       
 
 
 
                   
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