Civil Society not appreciated in Sri Lanka - Dutch Envoy

By Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 6 2021
News Civil Society not appreciated in Sri Lanka - Dutch Envoy

By Paneetha Ameresekere

Civil society is not appreciated in Sri Lanka, which is a minus point, the Dutch Embassy in Sri Lanka, quoting Ambassador Tanja Gonggrijp, said on Thursday (2).

Gonggrijp speaking at the inauguration of the Central Environment Authority’s (CEA’s) 40th Anniversary Celebrations, held at the BMICH on 24 November, said civil society is not always appreciated enough in Sri Lanka. 

“But I will say it anyway: Besides Government working with business, we need civil society including academia to make sure that we stick to our plans and that we reach our goals. We need youth, interested groups, environmentalists, researchers even when their input and opinions are not always supportive of Government policies. Our environmental challenges do not only go beyond boundaries, they also go beyond politics.

“We believe that this approach of inclusivity and consensus building is required internationally in environmental governance as well.Together we can strengthen alliances, educate communities and actively reach out to governments, businesses and organisations. Together we can build sustainable value chains, forge climate resilient investments deals and empower societies to protect our planet and achieve sustainable economic prosperity. This is what we aim to do worldwide, also with and in Sri Lanka: we stand ready to continue to share knowledge, expertise and solutions that can help take global climate action to a local level,” the Dutch Envoy further said.

By Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 6 2021

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