On the border between land and sea, a unique ecosystem covers tropical and subtropical regions around the world: Mangrove forests. Mangroves are well adapted to saline water and the tides, and they thrive along the coastlines of over 118 countries, including Sri Lanka. They offer a wide variety of ecosystem services, provide a sheltered habitat for many species of animals, and are vital allies in the fight against climate change.
The recent nabbing of a frozen pangolin in the kitchens of a Chinese restaurant in the heart of Colombo has shed a much-needed spotlight on the importance of curbing the illegal exploitation of these shy mammals which are a globally endangered species, and nationally a near threatened one. There are four species of Pangolin restricted to Asia. The one found in Sri Lanka is the Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), and is commonly called the Scaly Ant-eater (Sinhala: “Kaballawa”, “Aya”; Tamil: “Alungu”). Pangolins can be identified by the distinctive scales which cover their entire body, and they are found in both the wet and dry zones of Sri Lanka.
Close to 25 percent of the marine life in our planet lives around coral reefs. This makes coral reefs one of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems. Rising temperatures due to global warming and climate change have put these natural habitats at risk; a vast number of coral reefs around the world are threatened with coral bleaching and some are damaged beyond repair. Overfishing, destructive fishing practices such as dynamite fishing and bottom trawling have also resulted in the destruction of these marine eco-systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis with far-ranging repercussions. Besides the virus itself, Sri Lanka is affected by its own lockdown measures and those of other countries, impacting sectors such as trade, tourism, industry, transport, services, and financial markets. However, the prevailing curfew across large parts of the island have allowed for a rise in the illegal hunting of animals, otherwise known as poaching.
දේශගුණ විපර්යාසවලට මුහුණ දීම සදහා මුළු ලෝකයම විවිධ උප්රකම සොයමින් සිටියි. දිනෙන් දින ඉහළ යන ගෝලීය උෂ්ණත්වයට හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය සෘජුව බලපෑම් ඇති කරයි. වායුගෝලයේ කාබන්ඩයොක්සයිඩ් ප්රතිශතය ඉහළයෑම ස්වභාවිකව පාලනය කර ගැනීම හැර වෙනත් විකල්ප සෙවීම දුෂ්කර වී තිබේ.
May 23rd, 2019, the 18th Conference ofthe Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ofWild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will come to Sri Lanka. 3,000 delegates willarrive from all over the globe to discuss the next steps in combatting wildlifetrafficking and the poaching of endangered species.
Human food choices and food systems are inextricably linked with climate change. From crop cultivation to fisheries and from forestry to lab-grown meat, there are strong bonds between food production, sustainable development, adaptation, and mitigation. Food systems have economic, social, and environmental components that encompass production methods, input supplies, land and water use, energy, processing, pollution, waste management, labor conditions, financing, marketing, distribution, governance, and many more. Right now, livestock is one of the largest and most complex food systems in the world, and it is connected to climate change in three major ways.
ශ්රි ලංකාවේ කොරල් පර ප්රතිසංස්කරණය සඳහා මාර්ගෝපදේශ සකස් කෙරෙන නියෝජිත උපදේශන හමුවේ දෙවැන්න නාරාහේන්පිට සමුද්රීය පරිසර ආරක්ෂණ අධිකාරියේදී පසුගිය 06 වැනිදා පැවැත්විණි. සමුද්රීය පරිසර ආරක්ෂණ අධිකාරිය (MEPA) ස්ලයිකැන් භාරය (SLYCAN trust) සමග එක්ව මෙම හමුව සංවිධානය කර තිබිණි.
The city of Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and its economic, political, and cultural focal point. Since October 2018, it is also South Asia's only Wetland City under the Ramsar Convention. With concerted efforts from government, communities, and all affected stakeholders, this opens the way for Colombo to become a model for urban wetland conservation and benefit from the many ecosystem services they offer.
Dr. Youssef Nassef, the Director of the Adaptation Programme at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat, recently launched the Resilience Frontiers Initiative (RFI)to achieve permanent resilience beyond 2030. Harnessing the power of paradigm-shifting frontier technologies and emerging social trends, this Initiative identifies eight transformative pathways that will steer the world towards this future.
Humane Society International together with SLYCAN Trust organised a lecture on “Addressing the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka” followed by a panel discussion on October 14th, 2019. Dr Prithiviraj Fernando, an expert in the conservation field with for over 25 years, narrated the present situation in Sri Lanka.