Sunday, May 31, 2009

Full environment assessment for war-torn areas

By Nadia Fazlulhaq

(ST)Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts would come under a comprehensive region-based environment assessment prior to any construction in those districts.

“The environment in these areas is damaged and polluted by the three-decade long conflict. The environment status has not been assessed all these years and we have only some research done by a university. A region wise Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) would take place soon before any construction takes place,” Environment Minister Champika Ranawaka said. Full text