Tourism’s real contribution to the national economy is important to guide tourism policies. However, this is not yet clear as existing assessments do not take into account all the aspects of economic impacts of tourism. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe notes that comprehensive data and information can serve as a powerful tool in strategic tourism development.
Sri Lanka was ranked as the second most affected country by the impacts of weather-related losses in 2017, according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2019. Worryingly, the country’s situation has worsened since 2016. This highlights Sri Lanka’s vulnerability to climate impacts and the need for effective policies. The good news is that the 2019 Budget proposes several measures to improve Sri Lanka’s disaster resilience. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe discusses the challenges and gaps in disaster management and the ways in which Sri Lanka can improve its capacity to face these calamities.
There are several Green initiatives proposed in Sri Lanka’s Budget 2018. Among these is an important proposal to provide index-based climate insurance to Sri Lankan farmers – a proposal put forth by IPS in the past. This blog analyses the feasibility of the insurance proposal and how it can be implemented successfully to benefit farmers in Sri Lanka.
While Sri Lanka marks International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2017, the country is still reeling from the natural disasters that took place in the recent past. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues, while Sri Lanka has taken essential steps towards disaster risk reduction (DRR), there are still gaps that need to be addressed. She notes that, first and foremost, resilient development should synergize DRR and climate adaptation at the national level.
In the spirit of World Tourism Day on 27 September 2017, this article looks at how measuring sustainable tourism can help policymakers and industry stakeholders to make information-based, effective decisions. It argues that the adoption of sustainable tourism indicators in a sensible manner lowers the costs associated with inappropriate tourism policy interventions. However, the development of a technically-sound and meaningful set of indicators in itself is a challenging task for Sri Lanka.