The recent floods in Sri Lanka, triggered by the monsoon rains, left a trail of destruction in its wake. However, natural disasters are nothing new to Sri Lanka. This blog analyzes the economic cost of devastating natural disasters that wrack the country time and time again and examines lessons for Sri Lanka from other Asian countries.
This article, written to mark World Oceans Day, examines the concept of ‘Blue Economy’ and its importance to an island nation like Sri Lanka, which heavily relies on its marine resources. The writer also discusses the challenges faced by Sri Lanka, when adopting a blue economy strategy.
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.
The Meethotamulla tragedy has opened the eyes of Sri Lankans to the dangers presented by solid waste mismanagement and dumping. Multifaceted proposals to address the immediate and long term issue of garbage disposal in Sri Lanka have been put forth. This article by Bilesha Weeraratne highlights the importance of household level responsibility in addressing the issue and suggests Pay as You Throw solutions to reduce the burden of solid waste disposal services and encourage recycling.
March 22 marks the World Water Day, with a focus on the management of wastewater. This article, by Athula Senaratne, discusses the social costs of failing to properly dispose wastewater and highlights the urgent need for an effective and efficient solution to the problem of wastewater in Sri Lanka.