Chatura Rodrigo

A Closer Look at Youth Mental Health in Sri Lanka and Some Consequences

The usage of alcohol and drugs, suicides, and teenage pregnancies are some of the significant consequences related to the mental health status of youth in Sri Lanka.

Adapting Sri Lanka’s Coasts and Ocean Resources to a Changing Climate

The impact of climate change on sea level rise and oceanic environment is crucial for Sri Lanka in several respects. Being an island, sea level rise will pose many challenges to coastal communities, their livelihoods, and coastal ecosystems. Changes in the oceanic environment will threaten fisheries resources in terms of the availability and quality of fish catch. Marking both World Environment Day 2014 and World Oceans Day 2014, this article explores the policy issues Sri Lanka must tackle to ensure that we are better placed to face the impacts on coasts and ocean resources of a changing climate.

Shaping Up The Future: Can Sri Lanka Set an Example in Achieving MDGs for Youth?

The Sri Lankan post-2015 agenda puts special emphasis on further reducing unemployment, eradicating poverty, increasing employability, promoting the entrepreneurship, and eradicating issues such as substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. All these issues have relevance for the youth of the country. Marking International Youth Day today (12th August), IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo writes that Sri Lanka provides a good example of placing youth in the global post 2015 development agenda. But constant monitoring and evaluation are essential to make sure that youth are contribute more towards growth and development of the country.

Utility Vs. Environment: Sri Lanka’s Policy Outlook on Managing “E-Waste”

In this Special Feature Article marking World Environment Day today (June 5th), IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo observes that although Sri Lanka is ahead of several countries when it comes to electrical and electronic waste management legislation, it is still too early to rest on our laurels.