Green Economy and Sustainability

Greening Jobs in Sri Lanka: Getting Things Started

UNEP (2008) defines the concept of green jobs as encompassing two basic elements. The first involves, “averting dangerous and potentially unmanageable climate change and protecting the natural environment which supports life on earth.” The second element focuses on “providing decent …

Rio+20: Towards a ‘Green Growth’ Path

  Rio +20 Conference is now underway and is being considered a landmark event which takes place 20 years (+20) after the first Earth Summit held in 1992. The Conference is the second opportunity to revisit the issues of “sustainable …

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 …