Green Economy and Sustainability

An Ocean of Wealth: Sri Lanka Must Make Good Use of It

Last week saw the hosting of the World Oceans Summit in Singapore by The Economist newspaper in association with National Geographic, which brought together over 200 global leaders, including scientists, businesses, and representatives from governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders to talk about sustainability, economics and the world’s oceans. These issues are very relevant to Sri Lanka, being an island surrounded by one of the world’s largest oceans.

Sri Lanka as a Rice Exporting Country: Possibilities and Problems

The Budget 2012 presented last month touches on agriculture at several points. However, the proposal to establish “four rice export zones” stands out as the most provocative, in an economic sense, amongst all of them. Sri Lanka has just achieved near self-sufficiency in rice. But the rice sector, including both production and consumption, is still plagued with a multitude of economic and social problems. Against this backdrop, a proposal to commit resources to promote rice export raises a number of questions ranging from “is it possible” to “at what cost and for whose benefit”. This article seeks to take a deeper look into this complex issue.

Climate Change and Human Health: Is Sri Lanka Ready to Face the Challenge?

> By Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer – IPS This article is the first in a two part series in lieu of World Health Day – 7th April 2011, from the Health Economic Policy Unit of the IPS Climate Change is …

Half of the World’s Trade Travels through it, but are we Protecting it?

>Environmental Challenges in the Indian Ocean Region By Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer – IPS The Indian Ocean rim region, home to around one-third of the world’s population, possesses a significant strategic economic value. Nearly half the world’s container traffic and …

Post-Copenhagen and Sri Lanka

By Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer – IPS The much awaited Climate Change conference (COP15) concluded in Copenhagen on the 18th of December. While the Kyoto Protocol is to expire in 2012, the COP15 was expected to come up with necessary …