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Transforming Farming in Sri Lanka with ICIMS

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Biz 1st In Focus:Climate change makes traditional weather forecasts unreliable in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Farmers Need Localised Climate Forecasts to Battle Climate Change: IPS 30 – 31 August 2018 - Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network in Sri Lanka

Climate change and climate uncertainty has increased the demand for climate information products (CIPs) in Sri Lanka, an expert pointed out recently.
Speaking based on ground level experience, IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Athula Senaratne, noted that there is a clear demand for localised, improved climate forecasts.

Sound scientific knowledge and facilities were needed to produce these CIPs, he further explained.

He made these remarks at the Lesson Sharing Workshop on ‘Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions: An Integrated Climate Information Management System (ICIMS)’, organised by the IPS, in collaboration with Janathakshan and the Department of Meteorology of Sri Lanka (DOM), held on 30 -31 August 2018.

ICIMS aimed to combine the strengths of both farmers’ local knowledge and scientifically developed CIPs to enhance farmers’ decisions against climate risks. 
The DOM has been providing such forecasts to farmers in selected study sites on a continuous basis, with the field coordination handled by the Janathakshan.
The research project sought to improve the effectiveness of climate adaptation decisions of farmers and policymakers by establishing and pilot-testing models of ICIMS throughout Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Chief Guest of the workshop, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. B. Wijayarathne, noted that climate change and agriculture are interrelated. He cautioned that in the new reality of climate change, it is important to develop innovative agricultural practices and technologies to face this challenge.

Furthermore, Chair of the National Experts Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Professor Buddhi Marambe, reiterated that Sri Lanka has been susceptible to climate change in the past and will continue to affect the country in the present and the future. As such, it is important to develop policies and strategies to deal with it.

Echoing his sentiments, CEO of Janathakshan, Mr. Ranga Pallawala, highlighted that climate change is the “new normal.” Rectifying the impacts of climate change includes mitigation and adaptation, he further said.

Drawing attention to another challenge facing the agriculture sector, Mr. Pallawala pointed out that Sri Lanka’s farming community is getting older, with fewer youth taking up farming as a full-time occupation. Innovation is the key to face this obstacle, he said.

The workshop saw the participation of local and foreign experts, government officials, representatives of community organisations, and farmers.


Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network in Sri Lanka
IPS Conference Room – 14th January 2015

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Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network in Sri Lanka Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network in Sri Lanka

IPS held a Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN). The event was conducted as a part of a study carried out to evaluate the progress and identify follow-up actions to the country study on the Technology Need Assessment (TNA) in Sri Lanka.

The objectives of the workshop were to identify short-listed technologies in the context of its application and the potential to promote low carbon technology development in Sri Lanka, raising awareness and the opportunities provided by the CTCN to follow-up the findings of the TNA and providing a platform to discuss and identify specific technical assistance from Japan.

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Presentations from the workshop can also be accessed here.


14th February, 2013

Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium

  Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium  
Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium
Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, IPS Auditorium

Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, took place at the IPS Auditorium, on 14th February, 2013. The newly appointed Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Susil Premajayantha was Chief Guest at the occasion. Executive Director of the IPS, made the opening address. A review of the report was done by former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. W. A. Wijewardena. Dr. Athula Senarathne, Head of the Environment Economics Policy Unit of the IPS, and Chatura Rodrigo, Research Economist at the IPS, made presentations on the potential offered by the CLIMATEnet blog in terms of networking, communicating, and disseminating information related to climate change impacts in Sri Lanka, its development efforts, and its effect on policy.

The report, published by the IPS, is a composite of articles that appeared in the institute’s ground breaking CLIMATEnet blog. The aim of producing such a report was to raise awareness amongst economists and policy makers of the importance of calibrating their calculations for an inevitable shift in the global climate.

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Open Data Resources for Climate Change

Recognizing the need for freely available climate and climate- related data towards climate-smart development, the World Bank has launched an online resource page giving access to an array of climate related data.

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UNDP’s Support towards Climate Change Adaptation and Development

UNDP promotes equitable and pro-poor adaptation that encourages sustainable economic development and resilient livelihoods in the face of climate change. Through building communities’ capacity to adapt, UNDP supports countries to create robust and responsive state institutions, capable public and private sector management, and skilled human resources able to innovate, adapt and deliver results related to the changing conditions. It has further devised methodologies and resources to support countries in their adaptation initiatives.

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The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Launches its ‘Summary for Policy Makers’

The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Launches its
‘Summary for Policy Makers’

The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change which was established in early 2011 with the objective of identifying the policy changes and actions needed to help the world achieve sustainable agriculture that contributes to food security and poverty reduction, and helping to respond to climate change adaptation and mitigation goals, has launched ‘Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change - Summary for Policy Makers’.

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Empower Women and Be Better Prepared for Climate Change, Says World Bank Study

Empower Women and Be Better Prepared for Climate Change, Says World Bank Study

The World Bank in its publication on ‘Gender & Climate Change – 3 Things You Should Know’ shows that women, when fully empowered, are an important force for effective climate action.

1) Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate change where their rights and socio-economic status are not equal to those of men.

2) Empowerment of women is an important ingredient in building climate resilience.

3) Low-emissions development pathways can be more effective and more equitable where they are designed using a gender-informed approach.

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Nordic Climate Facility launches Call for Proposals

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the Third Call for Proposals on "Innovative low-cost climate solutions with a focus on local business development in eligible developing countries." Sri Lanka is also eligible for the grant financing programme.


The deadline for submitting proposals is 16 January 2012.

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Call for Abstracts

Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous
Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects
26-28 March 2012, Cairns, Australia

United Nations University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeks submissions for a workshop on "Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects".

Planned sub-topics being considered include:

  • Mitigation Policies and Indigenous Peoples (potentials, barriers, opportunities and implementation)
  • Forestry Mitigation Options (including REDD+)
  • Indigenous Peoples and Carbon Sink Enhancement
  • Biomass Burning, Fire Management and Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous Peoples, Renewable Energy and Technology
  • Traditional Agriculture
  • Blue carbon
  • Governance for Mitigation

For more details see the workshop website




human development report 2011

Human Development Report 2011 (HDR 2011) focuses on the nexus between environmental degradation and inequality. The report highlights the fact that the countries with low Human Development Index (HDI) contributes least to global warming, but experience most of the burdens of climate change. Therefore, environmental degradation and climate change are likely to be de-equalizing across groups. The report finally makes two policy directions to offset the impacts of climate change, namely equitable and adaptive disaster responses and innovative social protection.

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Global Forum of Sri Lankan Scientists
13 – 15 December, 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The programme schedule will include topics related to climate change such as “Climate and Food Security” and “Green Energy Development in Relation to Climate Change”

Conference website




IPS Launches the ClimateNet Blog

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) launched the ClimateNet Blog, which is part of the IPS ClimateNet. The first blog post by Athula Senaratne, Research Fellow and Head, Environmental Economic Policy Unit of the IPS, gives an introduction to the ClimateNet and how it can facilitate climate change discussion in Sri Lanka. ClimateNet Blog is intended to create discussions related to various aspects of climate change in Sri Lanka as well as the region.




International Conference on the Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture (ICICCA 2011)

Organized by the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka,
in collaboration with the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO.
on
December 20-21, 2011
At the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka
For more details see the Conference Website


International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues (CCSI2011) Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo
14-15 December 2011

The International Conference on Climate Change and Social Issues, organized by Toulouse Business School, France and Institute of Human Development and Training, Sri Lanka (IHDT) and hosted by Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND) – Colombo, Sri Lanka will be held at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo on 14 – 15 December, 2011. The theme of the Conference will be social issues of climate change. The key topics include,

  • Climate change & social impacts
  • Climate change & gender issues
  • Climate change & disadvantaged groups
  • Climate change & ethics
  • Climate change mitigation & adaptation

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Third National Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Organized by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Minister of Disaster Management and
supported by UNDP

on 24 – 25, November 2011
at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
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International Forestry & Environment Symposium 2011
Department of Forestry & Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
28 – 29 October 2011

The Sixteenth Annual Symposium organized by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura will be held on 28 – 29 October 2011 at the University. Climate change will be a key theme of the Symposium. Other key themes of the Symposium include: Forest and Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Socio Economics of Natural Resources, Sustainable Energy and Waste Management, and Pollution Control.

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A Climate Change Policy in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Environment is in the process of developing a climate change policy for Sri Lanka. The climate change draft policy has been prepared in collaboration with the key stakeholders. The draft policy had been published in the newspapers and the Climate Change Secretariat website to gather public comments on it and necessary revisions have been discussed during the stakeholder workshop held in July 2011. The next step would be to consult relevant ministry secretaries to get their consent on the draft policy.




The Ministry of Environment Launches the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

The Ministry of Environment has developed the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS). The strategy presents a prioritized framework for action and investment for the 2011-2016 period for systematically moving Sri Lanka and its people towards a climate-change resilient future. It identifies key thematic areas for action and priority adaptation measures under five strategic thrusts namely, mainstream climate change adaptation into national planning and development, enable climate resilient and healthy human settlements, minimize climate change impacts on food security, improve climate resilience of key economic drivers, and safeguard natural resources and biodiversity from climate change impacts.



New IPS Publication on Climate Change

The IPS recently launched the publication titled ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change for Sustainable Development: Towards a National Agenda for Action’. The publication deals with the findings of a policy analysis based on information from a national workshop, discussions with experts and review of various sources of secondary information. The study highlights that Sri Lanka, being a tropical island with a significant poor population located in a disaster prone region, is highly vulnerable to climate change. It presents a review of existing information on climate change in Sri Lanka and the effects of global warming on local climate. It identifies six major areas of critical importance namely, - agriculture and irrigation, coastal zone, forests and natural eco-systems, human settlements and infrastructure, human health and issues on energy and industry. Accordingly, it stresses the necessity of a ‘National Agenda’ to face this complex challenge. The proposed national agenda covers – a national vision on climate change, a national policy on climate change, a strategic action plan (national strategy), a coordinating mechanism, a climate change information system and a mechanism for resource mobilization. Such an agenda should be aimed at mainstreaming climate change issues within the overall national effort towards sustainable development. The success of such a national agenda would largely be determined by the effectiveness of measures taken to overcome the major gaps highlighted earlier.

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National Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka

Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and UNESCO National Commission, Sri Lanka on 19 - 21 August, 2009 at Amaya Lake, Dambula