Sri Lanka readies sustainable consumption, production policy
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said the government has prepared a sustainable consumption and production policy, with foreign aid, aimed at promoting longâ€term, sustainable consumption and production patterns that protect resources and the environment.
The biggest challenge faced by the farmers in Sri Lanka is the uncertain climatic conditions, he told the 4th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday.
“Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for people living in the rural areas of Sri Lanka and it has much potential for greening and to be climate-smart. We like to see Sustainable Consumption and Production and science and technology are applied in our agriculture.”
Sri Lanka has been listed as the second-highest in the global climate risk index of 2019 and implementing of climate actions are very vital to the country, Sirisena said.
“I am pleased to state that Sri Lanka is the first country in the South Asian region to prepare a Sustainable Consumption and Production Policy, with the assistance of SWITCH-ASIA Policy Support Initiative.”
The initiative supports the Sri Lankan Government in using suitable economic and regulatory policy instruments to promote sustainable consumption and production, to tackle problems like overuse of resources, land degradation, deforestation, and waste management.
The specific objective is to strengthen the institutional and policy framework ensuring a joint and effective SCP effort to Sri Lanka.
(COLOMBO, March 14, 2019-SB)