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March
2017

Earth Hour 2017: 'There's never been a more critical moment in the fight'

Many parts of the world will go dark for an hour Saturday night in more than 170 countries and territories in a show of support for protecting the planet. Millions of people will participate as homes, cities, hotels, universities and businesses turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time for Earth Hour a demonstration of commitment to fight climate change now in its 11th year.
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25
March
2017

Special Gazette notification issued to protect four forests areas near Wilpattu Sanctuary

President Maithripala Sirisena signed a special gazette notification declaring Mavillu, Weppal, Karadikkuli,Marichchikadi and Vilaththikulam forests as Mawillu forest Reserve under the 3A of the Forest Conservation Ordinance.

This declaration of four forests as one reserve is expected to protect all forests located near the Wilpattu North Sanctuary belonging to the Department of Forest Conservation.The president signed the special gazette notification during  his three day official visit to Russia.

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16
March
2017

Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production in Sri Lanka through Eco Innovation

In recent decades, there has been a growing recognition among manufacturing business leaders on sustainability challenge such as climate change, worker welfare and resource constrains which have a significant impact on businesses.


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09
March
2017

Sri Lanka Move forward on national Road Map for Sustainable Development

Sri Lanka is committed to implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. In doing so, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife as the national focal point for the SDGs in Sri Lanka is planning the National SDG Roadmap towards building capacity of the nation for enabling sustainable development. This workshop was held to formulate strategies and action plans for women and youth engagement for SDGs in Sri Lanka. The Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka supported in organizing the workshop and together with other key stakeholder engagement.

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20
March
2017

How waste water reuse and recycling can reduce water drudgery for women

Somewhere in a mountain village in the Himalaya, a woman folds a taro leaf into a cone, fills it with soil, and sows a seed. She waters her little cone with waste water from the kitchen, creating an enabling environment for the seed to germinate in. She hopes that in time the seed will add a bit of greenery to her kitchen. For her, water flows down in the river where it is not easy to access, and the nearby springs are all drying up as the climate changes. She has no option but to maximize the use of available water. She has to reuse and recycle. The taro leaf prevents seepage, holds water for more days, and turns into manure over time. By the simple act of planting a seed the woman is utilizing holistic knowledge and combining various resources to maximize benefit.

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16
March
2017

Patricia Espinosa says Next Two Years Critical for Low-Carbon Pathway

The next two years must see major progress towards the low carbon, sustainable development model which offers the only realistic path to security and well-being for all people.

The Paris Climate Change Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, universally agreed under the United Nations, stand as the international community’s momentous commitment to turn humanity back from the cliff edge of extreme climate change and environmental collapse.

 

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08
March
2017

SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website in the lead up to the UN Ocean Summit

The Pacific islands will play a crucial role as the Call for Action Declaration comes into being at the UN Ocean Conference in June this year.  Home to over 10 per cent of the planet’s oceans, the Pacific islands continue to work together to help shape global ocean management, the issue at the helm of the milestone global oceans conference.

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