Sri Lanka to ban filling up of wetlands in capital Colombo
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will impose a moratorium on filling up wetlands in and around the capital Colombo and designate them as protected areas, following recommendation made by an expert committee, the state information office said.
The cabinet of ministers had approved proposal by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Environment to issue regulations banning the filling up wetlands and name protected areas.
The Director of Wildlife will be asked to designate Kimblula Ela and Diyawanna Oya as protected areas except for land already identified for development.
Exceptions will be made in the case of nationally important projects including a rail transit project, all filling up or construction in wetlands will be halted. (Colombo/Aug21/2018)