Hemantha Withanage,Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Justice Today,(26 june, 2020) CEJ sent a letter of demand to the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment demanding him to protect the 5/2001 circular which brought residual forest/other forests under the protection of the Forest Department. At the moment there is a huge pressure by certain parties to
Originally Published in Forest Cover 61- Global Forest Coalition Newsletter on May 22, 2020, International Day for Biological Diversity By Hemantha Withanage, Centre for Environmental Justice and GFC regional focal point for Asia, Sri Lanka Photo Credit Dam construction in Sri Lanka. Gihan Jayaweera Ideally, building a reservoir is an environmentally friendly thing to do.
JANAKA WITHANAGE Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure has been introduced by the National Environment Act no 47 of 1980 in Sri Lanka with the objective of addressing environmental, social and economical and any other impact arising due to a development activity. Type of the activity, scale of the activity and sensitivity of the location and
21 March, 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka, “Sri Lanka’s Forests are too much fragmented and degraded- It requires urgent restoration for sustaining species” said Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director of the Sri Lanka based Centre for Environmental Justice. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. It’s an important day to remind