To mark 40th anniversary: CEA conducts int’l conference on ‘Environmental Governance’
By Eunice Ruth
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the authority conducted an international conference on the theme ‘Environmental Governance,’ on 24 and 25 November at the BMICH. CEA Media Officer, Sriyanjani Lokuliyana, said the major aim of the conference is to focus on environmental conservation, both locally and globally, by highlighting the impacts, and creating a platform to inform the public regarding the measures which can be taken to minimise it.
An open invitation was sent to the scholars to conduct studies on six major areas in regard to environmental governance. The six areas are, ‘environmental management and evaluation,’ ‘environmental pollution control - climate change - environmental health,’ ‘waste management,’ ‘environmental policies, environmental control and regulatory reforms,’ ‘environmental education, communication, promotion and public participation,’ and ‘environmental conservation projects.’
The studies were conducted by local and foreign universities, independent research institutes, and environmental organisations. 202 research papers were received by the authority and among them 185 were from local institutes, while the remaining 18 were from foreign institutes. These research papers were sent for an evaluation and 70 were selected from the evaluation. The two-day conference was held by conducting sessions in two categories, ‘Research Session’ and ‘Citizen Session’ on the selected research papers.
The inauguration ceremony of the international conference was conducted by Minister of Environment, Mahinda Amaraweera and Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tanja Gonggrijp. Also, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Chairman of CEA, Siripala Amarasinghe, Director General, B. Hemantha Jayasinghe and other officials including professors, researchers and environmentalists were also present at the conference. In addition, two keynote speeches of the conference were delivered by Presidential Environment Award winner, University of Peradeniya, Professor Nimal Goonetileke and by Tanja Gonggrijp.