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Drained Out or New Potential?: Hydro Power and Sri Lanka’s Energy Challenge

Special Article Marking World Water Day (22nd March), by Chatura Rodrigo and Athula Senaratne* Water and energy are linked with an eternal bond. Many countries blessed with rivers and waterfalls have harnessed their inherent kinetic energy through hydro-electricity in fulfilling …

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Forest Attraction: Can Sri Lanka use Ecotourism for Sustainable Forest Management?

Tucked away amidst a tea plantation and bordering the Deniyaya side of the Sinharaja Rainforest is a unique ecotourism venture that could hold valuable lessons on the future of forest-based ecotourism in Sri Lanka. Ecotourism based on natural forests has been receiving much attention recently and, in Sri Lanka, natural forests like Sinharaja are a key tourist attraction. Ecotourism, when planned and implemented based on its sustainable principles, can generate a number of economic and non-economic benefits. So what is Sri Lanka’s status in terms of forest-based ecotourism and how can we maximize the benefits that ecotourism can offer?

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The Urgent Need for E-Waste Management in Sri Lanka

With the rapid developments in technology and the growing demand for new products, the production and consumption of more ‘Electronic and Electrical Equipment’ (EEE) has significantly increased around the world. This has also resulted in the acceleration of the rate …

Tourism and Water Management: Is Sri Lanka Paying Enough Attention?

In this feature article marking World Tourism Day (27 September), Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues that the hotel sector must pays more attention to the importance of water conservation. She reveals that water consumption, per guest, in a hotel can be around three times that of the average consumption of a person staying at home. In this scenario, the relationship between the tourism industry and water resources becomes a key area of concern for sustainable tourism development. Sri Lanka has witnessed a significant growth in the arrival of tourists from all around the world, with more investments taking place in the hotel sector to cater to this demand. Consequently, the demand for water resources has also increased in this process.

Biodiversity as a Cornerstone of Sustainable Development: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Marking International Day for Biodiversity today (22nd May), Dilani Hirimuthugodage looks at the Sri Lankan interventions in the wake of its ratification of the International Convention on Biological Diversity 19 years ago. She asserts that concrete steps must be taken soon if Sri Lanka is to safeguard its rich bio diversity, in the midst of the rapid development taking place.