About Us


“Justice for all”


“Protect the equal environmental rights of the people & environment and promote ecological sustainability by supporting ecologically sound community activities”


Improve environmental justice, good governance and ecological democracy, Promote sustainable development and environmental responsible communities, Encourage community participation in decision making on natural resource. Safeguard nature, eco system and defend frond frontline communities from human rights violations and campaign. Promote environmental Justice and equity through legal and other means.

Our Dream

Water, air, land, are the basic natural resources for life. The earth is our mother. Oceans, forests, rivers, wetlands, arid zones even deserts are the habitats for living things. Humans, as well as all other living things have a right to nature and its resources. We all have equal environmental rights.

The Natural environment is at risk today. Good environmental governance is far behind our expectations. We believe that environmental protection should be done at all levels. While government has a major role to play, every citizen has a responsibility to care for the environment in which we live.

Centre for Environmental Justice is a new initiative to protect the environment, to ensure equal environmental rights for all people and to promote ecological sustainability by supporting environmentally sound community activities.

Our Dream is to see a world that does not fight over nature and its resources; to see environmental peace within and across borders and to see and live in environmentally responsible communities. We hope to see a world which shares the remaining natural resources and respects the environmental rights of all. Our task is to protect and conserve these natural resources; to preserve the ancient wisdom that enabled us to live in harmony with nature; to fight for better environmental governance for a sustainable future and for a better world which has environmental justice and equity.

Director Board

Ravindranath Dabare

Hemantha Withanage
Executive Director
B.Sc.gen. Degree with zoology
botany.chemistry 1981-1985

Chandana S. Jayakody
Computer Technology

Dilena Pathragoda
Managing Director
B.Sc. Management (sp) / Diploma in HR

Nilmal Wickramasinghe
L.L.B. Degree at the open university
Attorney at Law

Kokila Konasinghe
L.L.M. (Rotterdam), Ph.D.(Keele)

Staff Member

Hemantha Withanage
Executive Director

Dilena Pathragoda
Managing Director

Shanika N Lokuruge

Janaka Withanage
Policy & Advocacy Campaign Officer

Madushani Sendanayaka
Project Coordinator

Gamini Piyarathne
Assistant Field Coordinator

Indika Rajapaksha
Environment Officer

Ranjan Karunanayake
Media Officer

Thushini Jayasekara LL.B (Hons.)
Peradeniya, Attorney-at-Law
Legal Officer

Nimmi Sanjeewani LL.B (Hons.) Colombo,
Legal Officer

Samadhi Hansani LL.B (Hons.)
Colombo, Attorney-at-Law
Legal Officer

Dineth Nilakshana
Assistant Accountant

Yohani Hatharasinghe
Management Assistant

Harshani Abayawardhana
Environmental Officer

Melisha Shavindi
Media Officer

Wimal Kanthi Latha
Office Assistant

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