ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will is to get expert support from UK to assess environmental and socio economic impact of the fallout from X-Press Pearl a which caught fire and sank, the British High Commission in Colombo said.
UK experts would also provide long term training for future incidents and preventive work
“..[T]he UK Government’s Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) will provideexpertise and analytical capacity to support plastic pollution monitoring, as well as environmental and socioeconomic impact assessments,” British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton said in a statement.
“UK experts will partner with teams in Sri Lanka to support the emergency response.”
Cefas is assisting with laboratory analysis of samples, particularly plastic pellets, and potential chemical contamination.
Experts at the UK laboratory, will work with teams in Sri Lanka to support their assessment of the consequences for marine and coastal habitats and species, including mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs.
UK experts will also contribute to socioeconomic analysis to assess the impacts on local communities and livelihoods.
Damage to the marine environment is a cause for concern for all those who are looking towards the oceans for the future progression of mankind,” Director General for Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate change at the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake said.
“In this spirit of cooperation on environmental issues, Sri Lanka appreciates this initiative by the Government of UK offering assistance to understand the impact on marine environment, with opportunities for long term collaboration.”
Cefas will collaborate with the emergency response teams in Sri Lanka to provide guidance and training to enhance their capabilities to address any future incidents that could impact on the environment and livelihoods.
UK experts will support clean-up action over the short term, as well as preventative work for the long-term.