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Sri Lanka’s Withanage emerges Friends of the Earth’s new chair

Hemantha Withanage

Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice in Sri Lanka, Hemantha Withanage, has been elected as the chair of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI). Hemantha succeeds Karin Nansen of Uruguay, whose two terms as chair ended in June 2021. Hemantha Withanage Nigeria’s Chima Williams, Acting Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action, was also elected as one of the two Friends of the ...

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Sri Lanka’s president to ‘free’ country of palm oil, cultivation

Oil palm plantation

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has imposed an immediate ban on the import of palm oil and has ordered the gradual removal of the crops. Oil palm plantation This move is to eliminate the environmentally harmful cultivation in the country, an official said on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Rajapaksa on Monday ordered his officials to promulgate laws preventing fresh ...

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Czech Republic, Sri Lanka ratify Minamata Convention

Geneva Switzerland

On Monday, June 19 2017, the Government of Czech Republic and the Government of Sri Lanka deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 59th and 60th future Parties to the Minamata Convention. The double ratification follows that of France, which deposited its instrument of ratification just four days earlier on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and becoming the 58th Party ...

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Japan bankrolls $3.7m infrastructure, livelihood overhaul in Sri Lanka


The Government of Japan has announced that it is providing funding amounting to $3,678,178 (Japanese Yen 377 million) through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure, livelihood improvement and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces over the next two years. This initiative is an extension of the Japanese funded Phase I ...

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Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 20


A rubbish dump landslide in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo has killed at least 20 and injured more than a dozen, military spokesman and hospital officials said, as emergency workers dug into the mountain of trash in search of survivors. The estimated 91-metre dump collapsed after flames engulfed it late on Friday, April 14 2017, the country’s traditional New Year’s ...

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Six die, 11 injured in Sri Lanka dump landslide


A landslide at a massive waste site on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Sri Lanka‘s capital killed at least six people and injured 11 as emergency workers dug into the mountain of trash to save survivors buried in dozens of houses. The 91-metre-high rubbish dump at the northeastern edge of Colombo collapsed on Friday when a fire broke out at its ...

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