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Sri Lanka to study erosion on beaches crucial for tourism, fisheries

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government is to do a study of erosion in coastal areas of the island’s southern, western and eastern regions where most of its income from tourism and fisheries is generated, a spokesman said.

Coastal erosion on these coasts cause serious economic, social and environmental problems, threatening residents as well as development activities, Minister of Land and Parliamentary Reforms Gayantha Karunathilaka said.

The government is to launch a study of sediment transport along the southern, western and eastern coasts, he told a news conference.

The Cabinet of Ministers this week approved a proposal by President Maithtripala Sirisena, as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to commence the study to prepare strategies for productive management of these coasts.
(COLOMBO, August 31, 2017)

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