Environment

Giving Tourism a Green Shade: Studying Environmental Practices in Sri Lanka’s Hotels

Marking World Tourism Day 2012, Kanchana Wickramasinghe discusses a pioneering new study that attempts to measure the impact on the environment of Sri Lanka’s booming tourist hotel sector.

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.

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 …