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Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014

1 October 2014, Kandy- CEJ recognised thirteen environmental and social rights defenders who served many years during the Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014.Former vice president of the International Court of Justice, Judge C. G Weermanthry gave the keynote address during the solidarity dinner organised by the CEJ and handed over the awards to them. Find more information on the list of persons received the award in 2014.

CEJ holds the International Conference on the Role of local communities in Environmental decision making
1 October 2014, Kandy- CEJ/FoE Sri Lanka held the International Conference of the Role of Local Communities in Environmental decision making on 30 sep- and 1 October, 2014 in Tree of life, Kandy Sri Lanka. More than 200 Sri Lankan and international participants from 62 countries participated this occasion. Read the Conference programme.

CEJ found hazardous Lead in school dust

3 June, 2014- Colombo, CEJ reports found that three dust samples at two pre-school and School locations contained lead concentrations above 40 micrograms per foot very much higher than the permissable limits. One or more dust samples from eight pre-school locations contained lead levels greater than 10 micrograms per foot, a level shown by scientific studies to contribute to blood lead levels harmful to the developing brain. The report was funded by the European Union thorugh IPEN.

Press Release | Read the full report

Tree Ordination in Welioya and Soragune held

2nd March 2014, Soragune. Welioya and Soragune Tree ordination was successfully held on the 1st March 2014, with the participation of over 4000 local community members. The event was co-organised by the CEJ, EBSN, SLEC and the local community organisations to save Weli Oya. A three day Dharma yathra travelled from Colombo reached Welioya on the 28th February after passing several cities. Over 60 Buddhist monks participated the Tree ordination Ceremony and issuing "Sanga Achna" at Soragune Kuda Kataragama Shrine.

Watch on YouTube March for Weli Oya Water

Also watch Welioya Tree ordination on YouTube.

Dharmayathra for Forest Conservation
26th February 2014, Colombo. As of the request of the local communities of Welioya and Soragune, Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka Environmental Congress, Engaged Buddhist Solidarity for Nature will launch " Dharmayathra for Forest Conservation" at the Viharamahadevi Park on the 27th February 2014. The Dharmayathra will reach Welioya and Soragune on the 1st March 2014 and ordain the trees in order to protect the soragune forest, the catchment of Welioya reservoir from the proposed Golf Course and the Hotel complex. This 628 acre forest area is home to more than 35 elephants and many other animals.The reservoir provides water for more than 7000 families living downstream.

First Tree ordination Ceremony in Sri Lanka held in Nilgala
11th January 2014, Nilgala. We have successfully ordinated 1000 trees in Akkara 90 and Dimbuldena forest by over 50 Buddhist monks with the presence of local communities and environmental organisations. Nilgala forest is in great danger due to the land grabbing by the local politicians and some powerful people. Local communities are against this land grabbing, however unable to act against the strong powers. Badullgammana Sumanasara Thero, Kalupahana Piyarathana Thero, Thalangalle Sudhamma Thero took the lead in the Tree ordination. Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka Environmental Congress, Engaged Buddhist Solidarity for Nature, Future in Our Hands, Ruk Rekaganno and number of other environmental organisations participated in this action. Watch on YouTube Nilgala Tree Ordination

Tree Ordination in Nilgala

9th January 2014, Colombo. CEJ in collaboration with several Buddhist monks local communities and other environmental associations have organized a Tree Ordination Ceremony in Nilgal Forest on the 11th January 2014. Tree ordination is a ceremony initiated by the Thai Buddhist monks three decades ago. Sri Lankan Buddhist monks and environmentalist ordinated the giant "Dun" tree in Baduraliya- Kukulegama road in 1997 and a Red sandalwood tree in 2008. During the Tree ordination Ceramony we are planning to ordinate 1000 trees to symbolise the occasion. Read the brochure Read the Media Briefer

Nilgala Forest is in danger
30th Dec 2013, Colombo. CEJ has uncovered that Nilgala Forest is under great danger due to the grabbing of forest land by various people. Nilgala forest is famous medicinal plant forest which has very high biodiversity. Villages are in fear that this destruction will have negative effect on the Senanayaka samudraya, and it will create human elephant conflict. Forest Department is responsible for the saving of this forest, however, villagers complain that the Authorities are silent on this destruction.

SLRDC fills Attidiya Wetland
30 Dec 2013, Colombo. Today environmental groups opposed the filling of a land in the Attidiya Sanctuary. Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation involves in this filling. Although the Wildlife Department has stopped this action SLRDC continue to violate the order. Attidiya Sanctuary has a very high biodiversity and famous as a bird Sanctuary.


CEJ Joins CEA, UNDP and the IUCN to organise the 17th EIA Training

22 Dec 2013,Kandy CEJ together with the, Central Environmental Authority, IUCN and UNDP organized the 17th EIA training at the Tree of Life Nature Resort in Kandy, from 14-22 December 2013. Sixty EIA regulators and the practitioners participated the ten day EIA training. Minister Susil Premajayantha joined the opening ceremony and Governor Tokiri Kobbekaduwa joined the certificate awarding ceremony.

CEJ and “Siyane Jalaya Syurakeeme Jana Neguma” file legal action seeking justice for people suffered by water pollution in Rathupaswela

26th November 2013 Colombo, Today Court of Appeal issued notice to the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Board of Investment (BOI) and Venigross (Pvt) Limited after considering the writ application case filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ) and a representative of “Siyane Jalaya Syurakeeme Jana Neguma (SJSS)” regarding the pollution caused by the factory.

Read the Press Release

EU-funded study shows dangerous lead levels in households paints in Sri Lanka

Sep 25, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Despite new lead in paint regulation limiting lead content in household paints to 600 ppm, most paints available in Sri Lanka still contain unsafe levels of lead, according to a new study released today. The study also suggests that certain brands of paints have lowered lead levels since the last paint analysis was conducted by the Centre for Environmental Justice in 2009. Highest level found is 131,000 ppm. “Exposure to even small amounts of lead can reduce a child’s intelligence and school performance. Lead can also cause increased violent behavior, so high levels of lead in paint are a cause for serious concern not only for families, but the country as a whole. This damage is lifelong and irreversible”, said Hemantha Withanage, CEJ Executive Director.

Read the full report | also availble the Summary report in Sinhala | Press release

Second Training on Monitoring the EIA process in Sri Lanka
August 10, 2013, CEJ will hold the second 3 day EIA training on onitoring the EIA process in Sri Lanka at Chinthana Training Centre at Nainamadama from 12th to 14th August 2013. Participants from the NGOs,CBOs and some government agencies will join the training. Environmental and EIA experts will share their knowledge on the subject matters over the 3 days period. The training is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

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