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President instructs a gazette notification to extend wilpattu Forests cover

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed authorities to publish a gazette notification to declare Wilpatthu Sanctuary as a wildlife zone. Further President also instructed the officers concerned and investigate allegations of destruction took place at Wilpattu Sanctuary in the areas of Mannar and Puttalam districts and to  deploy a special team to inquire into it and submit a report.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 January 2017 08:43 Read more...
 

No caged animals in Dehiwala Zoo

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Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini  Jayawickrama Perera stated that measures been taken to upgrade Dehiwala National Zoological gardens in to a night park by the month of December.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:54 Read more...
 

Climate Change-induced SalinizationinSri Lanka

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Introduction

According to the UNFCCC, “increasing evaporation from rising temperatures contributes to the salinization of soil and water. Salts accumulate in the soils of arid environments. Saline soils contain large amounts of water-soluble salts that inhibit seed germination and plant growth, thereby reducing crop yields.”1 The salinized lands in SriLanka is about 223,000 hectares 2, and salinization is recognized as the major factor contributing to land degradation, which ultimately influence crop yield. The 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka had devastated the coastal areas and salinizeda large extent of paddy lands in the Southern part. Paddy transplanting paddy instead of seedling,as seed germination is sensitive to salts.3

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2016 08:11 Read more...
 

Organic Agriculture Pilot project conducted by SLYCAN Trust

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Background

The objective of this project is to continue on the positive impacts derived from SLYCAN Trust’s previous project of organic farming in Trincomalee region. The pilot project serves as an effort to continue to emphasize the recognition of multiple marginalized communities living with the need for economic empowerment due to poverty within the region. The previous project has proved to be successful in not only providing them better income and harvest through introducing organic peanut farming, but also in empowering women through enhancing their financial security since women are the ones mostly responsible for farming related activities. In this pilot project, we wish to further enhance capacity building targeting not only women but youths as well as including all ethnicities in the dialogue of organic farming initiatives. Continuous effort will be put towards post-conflict development by establishing specific capacity building centers and providing locals the necessary knowledge and skill sets to successfully sustain an organic farm, and to develop a suitable market for it. This in turn will improve their livelihoods and conditions, empower small-scale farmers to control their own lives and further develop economically, to create a virtuous cycle that could alleviate poverty for many vulnerable households.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:08 Read more...
 

Valuing forest ecosystems and the services they provide

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The ‘International Research Symposium on Valuation of Forest Ecosystems and their Services’is a ground-breaking symposium organised and spearheaded by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment  with the support of the Sri Lanka UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Department. The event was  held on October 18th, 2016 at the BMICH in Colombo and is a part of the Sri Lanka NEXT: ‘A Blue - Green Era’ Conference and Exhibition, which was held from 17-19 October 2016 at the same venue.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 08:12 Read more...
 
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