Workshop on Environmental Management Practices in Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka
he IPS organized a dissemination workshop of an IPS study on Environmental Management Practices in Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka, funded by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) on the 14th October 2014, at the IPS Auditorium. The objectives of the workshop were to disseminate the findings of the study and discuss the policy implications for improving environmental management in hotels in Sri Lanka. Also, it aimed to discuss the areas where future research should focus on, in promoting sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka.
Mr B.M.U.D Basnayake, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy was the Chief Guest of the event. Mr Basnayake emphasised the importance of environmental sustainability in promoting tourism in Sri Lanka.
The welcome address was made by Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS. Dr. Kelegama highlighted that given the notable expansions in the accommodation sector in Sri Lanka, it is the high time to pay attention on promoting good environmental management practices among the hotels.
Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS, who is the principal researcher of the project presented the key findings and policy implications.
The workshop was attended by a number of eminent experts in the tourism sector in Sri Lanka. Key stakeholders and experts from environment, energy, water and waste sectors and hoteliers were also present. The participants represented government, non-government, civil society and private agencies and academia.