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,  
   
 
 
Old Paints Sold in Sri Lanka Continue to Contain Dangerous Levels of Lead -
Paints produced After Jan. 2013 Meet Legal Limit
  Lead levels in enamel paint in Sri Lanka – Two years after the regulation

(Colombo) New research once again finds very high levels of lead in enamel (solvent-based) paint available in the Sri Lankan market, contrary to regulation enacted by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) under the consumers Act No 9 of 2003, which came into force in January 2013. This is the fourth study in Sri Lanka to find high lead levels in paints sold in Sri Lankan markets.

The research was conducted by Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) in collaboration with the three-year, IPEN Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project. The project is being implemented in seven different countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand) with a total European Union funding of EUR 1.4 million and has as its goal the complete elimination of lead paint in those countries.
  This research was funded by the EuropeanUnion under the Asian Lead Paint Elimination project of IPEN. The Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project is being implemented by IPEN over a period of three years in seven countries (Bangladesh,
India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand) with funding from the European Union (EU) totalling €1.4 million. While this publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union, the contents of the publication are the sole responsibility of Centre for Environmental Justice together with IPEN, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
   
     
CEJ holds the International Conference on the Role of local communities in Environmental decision making   CEJ found hazardous Lead in school dust
1. October 2014, Kandy- CEJ/FoE Sri Lanka held the International Conference of the Role of Local Communities in Environmental decision making on 30 sep- and 1 October, 2014 in Tree of life, Kandy Sri Lanka.     2. June, 2014- Colombo, CEJ reports found that three dust samples at two pre-school and School locations contained lead concentrations above 40 micrograms per foot very much higher than the permissable limits.
More than 200 Sri Lankan and international participants from 62 countries participated this occasion.   One or more dust samples from eight pre-school locations contained lead levels greater than 10 micrograms per foot, a level shown by scientific studies to contribute to blood lead levels harmful to the developing brain. The report was funded by the European Union thorugh IPEN.
 
     
Tree Ordination in Welioya and Soragune held   Dharmayathra for Forest Conservation
2nd March 2014, Soragune. Welioya and Soragune Tree ordination was successfully held on the 1st March 2014, with the participation of over 4000 local community members. The event was co-organised by the CEJ,   26th February 2014, Colombo. As of the request of the local communities of Welioya and Soragune, Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka Environmental Congress, Engaged Buddhist Solidarity for Nature will launch "
EBSN, SLEC and the local community organisations to save Weli Oya. A three day Dharma yathra travelled from Colombo reached Welioya on the 28th February after passing several cities. Over 60 Buddhist monks participated the Tree ordination Ceremony and issuing "Sanga Achna" at Soragune Kuda Kataragama Shrine.   Dharmayathra for Forest Conservation" at the Viharamahadevi Park on the 27th February 2014. The Dharmayathra will reach Welioya and Soragune on the 1st March 2014 and ordain the trees in order to protect the soragune forest, the catchment of Welioya reservoir from the proposed Golf Course and the Hotel complex. This 628 acre forest area is home to more than 35 elephants and many other animals.The reservoir provides water for more than 7000 families living downstream..
Weli Oya Water Welioya Tree ordination      
       
First Tree ordination Ceremony in Sri Lanka held in Nilgala   Tree Ordination in Nilgala
11th January 2014, Nilgala. We have successfully ordinated 1000 trees in Akkara 90 and Dimbuldena forest by over 50 Buddhist monks with the presence of local communities and environmental organisations. Nilgala forest is in great danger due to the land grabbing by the local politicians and some powerful people.   9th January 2014, Colombo. CEJ in collaboration with several Buddhist monks local communities and other environmental associations have organized a Tree Ordination Ceremony in Nilgal Forest on the 11th January 2014. Tree ordination is a ceremony initiated by the Thai Buddhist monks three decades ago.
Local communities are against this land grabbing, however unable to act against the strong powers. Badullgammana Sumanasara Thero, Kalupahana Piyarathana Thero, Thalangalle Sudhamma Thero took the lead in the Tree ordination. Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka Environmental Congress, Engaged Buddhist Solidarity for Nature, Future in Our Hands, Ruk Rekaganno and number of other environmental organisations participated in this action.   Sri Lankan Buddhist monks and environmentalist ordinated the giant "Dun" tree in Baduraliya- Kukulegama road in 1997 and a Red sandalwood tree in 2008. During the Tree ordination Ceramony we are planning to ordinate 1000 trees to symbolise the occasion.
   
       
Nilgala Forest is in danger   SLRDC fills Attidiya Wetland
30th Dec 2013, Colombo. CEJ has uncovered that Nilgala Forest is under great danger due to the grabbing of forest land by various people. Nilgala forest is famous medicinal plant forest which has very high biodiversity. Villages are in fear that this destruction will have negative effect on the Senanayaka   30 Dec 2013, Colombo. Today environmental groups opposed the filling of a land in the Attidiya Sanctuary. Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation involves in this filling. Although the Wildlife Department has stopped this action SLRDC continue to violate the order.
samudraya,and it will create human elephant conflict. Forest Department is responsible for the saving of this forest, however, villagers complain that the Authorities are silent on this destruction.   Attidiya Sanctuary has a very high biodiversity and famous as a bird Sanctuary.
       
CEJ Joins CEA, UNDP and the IUCN to organise the 17th EIA Training   CEJ and “Siyane Jalaya Syurakeeme Jana Neguma” file legal action seeking justice for people suffered by water pollution in Rathupaswela
22 Dec 2013,Kandy CEJ together with the, Central Environmental Authority, IUCN and UNDP organized the 17th EIA training at the Tree of Life Nature Resort in Kandy, from 14-22 December 2013. Sixty EIA regulators and the practitioners participated the ten day EIA training. Minister Susil Premajayantha joined the   26th November 2013 Colombo,Today Court of Appeal issued notice to the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Board of Investment (BOI) and Venigross (Pvt) Limited after considering the writ application case filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ) and a representative
opening ceremony and Governor Tokiri Kobbekaduwa joined the certificate awarding ceremony.   of “Siyane Jalaya Syurakeeme Jana Neguma (SJSS)” regarding the pollution caused by the factory.
     
       
EU-funded study shows dangerous lead levels in households paints in Sri Lanka   Second Training on Monitoring the EIA process in Sri Lanka
Sep 25, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka;Despite new lead in paint regulation limiting lead content in household paints to 600 ppm, most paints available in Sri Lanka still contain unsafe levels of lead, according to a new study released today. The study also suggests that certain brands of paints have lowered lead levels   August 10, 2013, CEJ will hold the second 3 day EIA training on onitoring the EIA process in Sri Lanka at Chinthana Training Centre at Nainamadama from 12th to 14th August 2013. Participants from the NGOs,CBOs and some government agencies will join the training. Environmental and EIA experts will
since the last paint analysis was conducted by the Centre for Environmental Justice in 2009. Highest level found is 131,000 ppm. “Exposure to even small amounts of lead can reduce a child’s intelligence and school performance. Lead can also cause increased violent behavior, so high levels of lead in paint are a cause for serious concern not only for families, but the country as a whole. This damage is lifelong and irreversible”, said Hemantha Withanage, CEJ Executive Director.   share their knowledge on the subject matters over the 3 days period. The training is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.
 
     
     
 
 
 
                   
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