Kanchana Wickramasinghe
Paddy field in Sammanthurai, Ampara, Sri Lanka

Green Initiatives in the Blue-Green Budget: Can Sri Lanka become Climate Resilient?

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.

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Building Resilience for Climate-induced Disasters 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.

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Measuring Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Tourism: Missing Piece of the Puzzle

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.

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Connecting People to Nature: A Need of the Hour for Sri Lanka

Even though people are heavily reliant on nature, they lack the connectivity to nature which helps achieve sustainable development. This article examines the problems caused by this disconnect between nature and society and highlights policy implications to improve people’s environmental literacy which can be used as a tool to enhance connectivity to nature.

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Crop Insurance: Is it Workable in Sri Lanka?

This article explores the reasons behind farmers in Sri Lanka not opting for crop insurance, and the importance of finding suitable policies to help farmers better manage climate risks and improve adaptation.

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